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INTRODUCTION 

From time immemorial a brilliant wit has been 
regarded by his less splendidly endowed fellows 
as an uncrowned king. He is raised to a seat 
among the elect, and posterity continues to re- 
peat the bright and keen sayings of him who, 
mayhap, has been dust for ages. The influence 
of such men has been immense, whether for good 
or evil, and it is perhaps fortunate that the gift 
of ready retort has been granted to but few. 

The war of words is unending, and, like the 
knights of old who were always armed cap-a-pie 
and ready to break a lance on any occasion, so 
the brilliant mind is always on the alert, ready 
to tilt with friend or foe, and woe to the one giv- 
ing an opening for cut or thrust. To be able to 
seize on the instant the wordy weapon of a rival, 
and, by the apt twisting of one of his own 
phrases, or, by the merest change in one of his 
own expressions, to so alter the whole tenor of his 
remark as to ward off his attempted ridicule and 
turn the laugh against him, — this is Wit. 

Any fool, given time and topic, can, by labori- 
ous effort and much travail, whittle out some- 
thing that might pass as a witticism. But onty 
the most brilliant minds can, on the spur of the 
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4 INTRODUCTION 

moment, skirting the aggressor's prepared pit of 
ridicule, turn his badinage against himself and 
lead him to his own undoing. 

How easy it would be for all to be witty to- 
morrow or the day after, if the occasion would 
only wait. 

There is no weapon more feared by man than 
ridicule, and no wounds are deeper and heal more 
slowly than those caused by the tongue. Vol- 
taire was more feared than any man in Europe 
on account of his caustic wit and cutting tongue. 

Point out a man capable of coining a real jeu 
d'esprit, and you will have before you the pos- 
sessor of a brilliant mind : it matters not whether 
he be educated or uneducated, prince or peasant, 
billionaire or beggar, the mind rises superior to 
adversity and shines with no uncertain lustre. 

Many witticisms have their origin from the 
lowliest sources, but only the brilliant mind is 
capable of a genuine bon-mot. 

To draw the line between wit and vulgarity 
requires the nicest discrimination. Only too 
often the line is overstepped, and what is in- 
tended for wit descends to vulgarity and ob- 
scenity. 

To such men as Fox, Curran, Supple, Parr, 
Parson, and a host of others, we are under last- 
ing obligations for their legacy of brilliant rep- 
artee, witty sa}'ings and inimitable bon-mots. 

The jests contained in these volumes were com- 
piled by the versatile John Mottley in 1739. and 
were published under the title Joe Miller's 



INTRODUCTION 5 

Jvst Book. They form a complete collection 
of the facetiae of those times. 

This old Jest Book, popular for so many 
years, is now extremely rare in its original form. 
This scarcity is due greatly to the fact that num- 
berless copies have been literally " thumbed out 
of existence." From the ashes of the past this 
famous book is now resurrected and once again 
brought to general notice, in full confidence that 
like another Phoenix, tried by the fire of time, 
it will renew its youth and afford the same pleas- 
ure and profit to the readers of to-day that it 
did to those of long ago. 

Those who are well acquainted with the hu- 
mourous literature of other countries as well as 
that of our own, must confess that if our jest 
books, both ancient and modern, were stripped of 
all that is borrowed, the number of jokes we 
could really claim would be small indeed. Per- 
haps the best joke in the whole book is in its 
name, Joe Miller's Jest Book. Joe Miller 
(1&4&-1738) was a comedian of the most tad- 
^ turn disposition, and it is a well authenticated 
fact that he was never known to originate a jest 
or utter a bon-mot; and yet we have the strange 
anomaly of a man so little given to humour, 
fathering the most popular jest book ever pub- 
lished, and being the reputed author of every 
bon-mot of past generations. 

Gathered from all corners of the globe within 
these covers, the reader will find the wittiest say- 
ings, the most brilliant jests and the subtlest 



6 INTRODUCTION 

repartee of the men who have made history. In 
the two volumes herewith presented without 
abridgment, and with no additions, the reader 
will find a reprint of the best edition in existence 
of this old book. 

In its hundred or more years of popularity, 
an index has never before been attempted, and 
in the preparation of one for this edition, no 
pains have been spared to classify the jests so 
that they can be readily referred to. It has been 
found necessary to index a number of para- 
graphs under the head of " Miscellaneous," as 
there was nothing distinctive in them under 
which they could be classified. 

No reader can open these pages without find- 
ing something to instruct, much to interest and 
more to amuse him. He will be surprised at the 
number of jests which, decked out in new ap- 
parel, have only recently been dished up to him 
as something entirely original, and before he has 
reached the end of these volumes he will be very 
much of the opinion that 

" There is nothing new under the sun." 
Andrew G. Dickinson, Jr. 



PREFACE 

A Celebrated comedian has lately furnished 
the public with an account of the origin of Joe 
Miller's Jest Book, which, as it is not gener- 
ally known, may not be unacceptable to the read- 
ers of the present volume. He states " that Joe 
Miller, who has fathered our jests for the last 
half century, never uttered a jest in his life. 
Though an excellent comic actor, he was the most 
taciturn and saturnine man breathing. He was 
in the daily habit of spending his afternoons at 
the Black Jack, a well-known public house in 
Portugal Street, Clare Market, which was at that 
time frequented by most of the respectable 
tradesmen in the neighbourhood, who, from Joe's 
imperturbable gravity, whenever any risible say- 
ing was recounted, derisively ascribed it to him. 
After his death,* having left his family unpro- 
vided for, advantage was taken of this badin- 
age. A Mr. Mottley, a well-known dramatist of 
that day, was employed to collect all the stray 
jests, then current on town. Joe Miller's name 

* His remains were interred on the east side of the 
burial ground of St. Clements Danes, in Portugal 
Street, Clare Market ; where a stone still marks the 
spot, and commemorates his virtues. 
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8 PREFACE 

was prefixed to them, and from that day to this, 
the man who never uttered a jest has been the re- 
puted author of every jest, past, present, and to 
come." The original edition of Joe Miller is 
the basis of the present publication : and no pains 
have been spared to render the copious additions 
now made to that celebrated Collection of Jests 
equally attractive. The brilliant sayings of the 
sages of antiquity, and the polished wit and 
broad humour of modern times, have alike con- 
tributed to enliven our pages. Numerous pub- 
lications have been examined for this purpose; 
and many flashes of the lightning of speech con- 
ducted from the circles which they originally 
brightened. 

Upon examining the remarkable anecdotes 
which are interspersed throughout the volume, it 
will be found that they owe their admission to the 
power they possess of conferring amusement as 
well as information. 

We are aware that a jest may please one, 
which displeases another ; make one laugh, while 
another keeps his countenance ; that the wit may 
in one respect seem fine, in another mean: for a 
jest lias various perfections, which are not al- 
ways found united ; and different readers may 
consider the same story from different points of 
view. Though we cannot, in every instance, 
hope to please all, yet we have endeavoured to 
ward off censure, by carefully distinguishing 
true and genuine wit from that which is false 
and spurious. 



TREFACE 9 

But in such a vast variety of subjects, the most 
fastidious, we are persuaded, will find much to 
excite his mirth, and to enrich his mind; while 
the lover of real humour will discover in every 
page an ample fund of entertainment. 



JOE MILLER 



1. — When William Penn the Quaker was 
brought before the Lord Mayor and Recorder 
for preaching, he insisted upon knowing what 
law he had broken — to which simple question the 
Recorder was reduced to answer " that he was an 
impertinent fellow, — and that many had studied 
thirty or forty years to understand the law, which 
he was for having expounded in a moment." The 
learned controversialist, however, was not to be 
silenced so easily ; — he quoted Lord Coke and 
Magna Charta on his antagonist in a moment, 
and chastised his insolence by one of the best and 
most characteristic repartees that we recollect 
ever to have met with — " I tell you to be silent," 
cried the Recorder in a great passion, " if we 
should suffer you to ask questions till to-morrow 
morning you would be never the wiser." — 
" That," replied the Quaker, with immovable 
tranquillity, " that is according as the answers 
are." — " Take him away, take him away," ex- 
claimed the Mayor and Recorder in a breath, 
" turn him into the Bail Dock." 

2. — When Sir Richard Steele was fitting 
up his great room in York Buildings, which he 
intended for public orations, he happened at a 
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12 JOE MILLER 

time to be pretty much behind-hand with his 
workmen, and coming one day among them, to 
see how they went forward, ordered one of them 
to get into the rostrum, and make a speech, that 
he might observe how it could be heard ; the fel- 
low mounting, and scratching his pate, told him, 
he knew not what to say, for in truth he was no 
orator. " Oh ! " said the knight, " no matter for 
that, speak any thing that comes uppermost." — 
" Why here, Sir Richard," says the fellow, " we 
have been working for you these six weeks, and 
cannot get one penny of money : pray, Sir, when 
do you design to pay us? " " Very well, very 
well," said Sir Richard, " pray come down, I 
have heard enough ; I cannot but own you speak 
very distinctly, though I don't admire your sub- 
ject." 

3.— My Lord Craven, in King James the 
First's reign, was very desirous to see Ben Jon- 
son, which being told to Ben, he went to my 
Lord's house ; but being in a very tattered con- 
dition, as poets sometimes are, the porter refused 
him admittance, with some saucy language, which 
the other did not fail to return. My Lord, hap- 
pening to come out while they were wrangling, 
asked the occasion of it? Ben, who stood in need 
of nobody to speak for him, said he understood 
his Lordship desired to see him. " You, friend," 
said my Lord, "who are you?" — "Ben Jon- 
son," replied the other. " No, No," quoth my 
Lord, " you cannot be Ben Jonson, who wrote 
the Silent Woman : you look as if you could not 



JOE MILLER 1(3 

say bo to a goose." — " Bo," cried Ben. "Very 
well," said my Lord, who was better pleased at 
the joke than offended at the affront, " I am 
now convinced, by your wit, you are Ben Jon- 
son." 

4. — Mr. Bethel, an Irish barrister, when the 
question of the Union was in debate, and all the 
junior barristers published pamphlets upon the 
subject, thought fit to contribute his mite to the 
investigation, and take a literary shot at the sub- 
ject, after above fifty other pamphlets had al- 
ready appeared; which, of course contained 
nothing very new upon the topic. Some days 
after its appearance, Mr. Lysaght met this pam- 
phleteer in the hall of the Four Courts, and, in 
a friendly way, said " Zounds ! Bethel, I wonder 
you never told me you had published a pamphlet 
on the Union : I never saw it till yesterday, by 
mere accident." — " Well ! and how did you like 
it? " asked the author, with a smirk of eager cu- 
riosity. " Like it ! " said Lysaght ; " the one I 
saw contained some of the best things I have yet 
seen in any pamphlet upon the subject." — " I'm 
very proud you think so," said the other, rub- 
bing his hands with satisfaction ; " and, pray, 
what are the things that pleased you so much? " 
— " Why," replied Lysaght, " as I passed by a 
pastry-cook's shop this morning, I saw a girl 
come out with three hot mince-pies wrapped up 
in a sheet of your work, and that is more than I 
can say for any performance of vour competi- 
tors." 



14 JOE MILLER 

5. — The Late Counsellor Caedbeck, of 
the Irish Bar, who drudged in his profession till 
he was near eighty, being a King's Counsel, fre- 
quently went circuit as Judge of Assize when any 
of the twelve judges was prevented by illness. 
On one of those occasions, a fellow was convicted 
before him at Wexford for bigamy ; and when 
the learned counsel came to pass sentence, after 
lecturing the fellow pretty roundly upon the 
nature of his uxorious crime, added, " The only 
punishment which the law authorises me to in- 
flict is, that you be transported to parts beyond 
the seas for the term of seven years; but if I 
had my will, you should not escape with so mild 
a punishment, for I would sentence you for the 
term of your natural life — to live in the same 
house with both your wives." 

6. — When Garrick was last at Paris, Pre- 
ville, the celebrated French actor, invited him to 
his villa. Our Roscius being in a gay humour, 
proposed to go in one of the hired coaches that 
regularly ply between Paris and Versailles, on 
which road Preville's villa was situated. When 
they got in, Garrick ordered the coachman to 
drive on ; but the fellow answered that he would 
do so as soon as he had got his complement of 
four passengers. A caprice immediately seized 
Garrick : he determined to give his brother 
player a specimen of his art. While the coach- 
man was attentively looking out for passengers, 
Garrick slipped out at the door, went round the 
coach, and by his wonderful command of coun- 






JOE MILLER 15 

tcnance, a power which he so happily displayed 
in Abel Drugger, palmed himself upon the 
coachman as a stranger. This he did twice, and 
was admitted each time into the coach as a fresh 
passenger, to the astonishment and admiration 
of Preville. Garrick whipped out a third time, 
and addressing himself to the coachman, was an- 
swered in a surly tone, " that he had already got 
his complement," and would have driven off with- 
out him, had not Preville called out, that as the 
stranger appeared to be a very little man, they 
would, to accommodate the gentleman, contrive 
to make room for him. 

7. — Mr. Curran, that celebrated advocate, 
possessed perhaps a greater influence over the 
feelings of his auditory than any other professor 
of forensic eloquence ever did, and has been fre- 
quently known, by the pathetic force of his ora- 
tory, and the inexhaustible fund of his wit and 
resistless humour, to keep the j uries whom he ad- 
dressed, alternately in tears and laughter during 
the course of trial; and yet, like other great 
wits, he has been frequently put down by an un- 
expected repartee from the most simple of those 
witnesses whom he endeavoured to badger by 
cross-examination. In an important cause, where 
a country schoolmaster, named Lily, was a prin- 
cipal witness, and had given his direct testimony 
with all due gravity, arrayed in all the graces of 
syntax and prosody, Mr. Curran proceeded to 
cross-examine the witness, and began, w T ith a 
familiar nod and an arch look, in the first sen- 



16 JOE MILLER 

tence of Cordery's Colloquies, " Salve Claudi." 
The schoolmaster immediately answered, " Sis tu 
quoque salvus Bemarde:" This unexpected an 
swer completely disarmed the barrister, and pro- 
duced a general laugh at his expense. 

8. — Perhaps in no senate, ancient or modern, 
did the cacoethes loquendi more inveterately pre- 
vail than in the parliament of Ireland. The 
speaking members of that parliament were prin- 
cipally gentlemen at the bar, or those who had 
been educated " to wage the wordy war " in that 
profession. Everything was debated, from a 
turnpike bill to the most important statute ; and 
the question rarely went to a division, until every 
orator, on each side of the house, had a speech at 
it. A question once came forward, in which it 
became necessary for the clerk to read a series of 
voluminous documents, adequate in quantity to a 
ponderous quarto ; and the forces on both sides, 
in full muster, were eager for action; but felt 
that, if these documents were read through, there 
would be no opportunity for discussion on that 
night. This difficulty produced a minor debate, 
which was on the point of splitting into half a 
dozen others, when Sir Boyle Roache, eminent 
for his proficiency in a peculiar species of Irish 
rhetoric, rose in his place, and said, " Mister 
Spaaker, if the house will only hear me, I think 
I can put an ind to all the difftquilty about read- 
ing all them rig-me-rowl documents. I don't see 
the use of reading them at all at all ; for nobody 
will attmd to them, if they be read: but, how- 



JOE MILLER 17 

somever, if they must be read, we have only to 
call in all the committee clerks of the house, and 
let each of 'cm take a document, and they can all 
read together. ' Many hands make light work ; ' 
and they'll get through all of them in a couple of 
hours." This ingenious project of the worthy 
baronet, though it excited immoderate laughter, 
was not adopted. 

9. — A Methodist Preacher, who was also a 
master-builder, felt no inconsiderable share of 
vanity in his talent for polemical controversy. 
He one day attacked the late Father O'Leary 
upon the celibacy of the Catholic priesthood, and 
asked him how it came that he and his clergy re- 
jected the divine precept, " increase and multi- 
ply; " thus refusing to co-operate by contribut- 
ing their part to the great structure of society. 
" Pray, friend," answered the sacerdotal wit, 
" are you not a master-builder? " — " Yes," an- 
swered the Methodist. — " I suppose, then," re- 
joined the priest, "you act as your own brick- 
layer, stonemason, smith, carpenter, slater, and 
painter."—" Oh ! no," said the Methodist, " I 
never meddle with hammer, trowel, or brush; I 
set others to work, and only superintend them." 
" 'Tis just so with us," added the priest, " in the 
great building of society ; we set blockheads like 
you to work, never meddling with the tools our- 
selves, but merely superintend the business." 

10. — A Native of one of the Hebrides being 
joked about the smallness of his island, the most 
centrical place not being four miles from the sea, 



18 JOE MILLER 

an Irishman in company joined in the laugh, ex- 
ultingly swearing, " that no part of old Ireland 
was half so near it." 

11. — A Right Reverend Prelate, himself 
a man of extreme good nature, was frequently 
much vexed in the spirit, by the proud, froward, 
perverse, and untractable temper of his next 
vicar. The latter, after an absence much longer 
than usual, one day paid a visit to the bishop, 
who kindly inquired the cause of his absence, and 
was answered by the vicar, that he had been con- 
fined to his house for some time past by an obsti- 
nate stiffness in his knee. " I am glad of that," 
replied the prelate, " 'tis a good symptom that 
the disorder has changed place, for I had a long 
time thought it immovably settled in your 

NECK." 

IS. — When Lieutenant O'Brien (who was 
called Skyrocket Jack) was blown up at Spit- 
head, in the Edgar, he was on the carriage of a 
gun, and when brought to the admiral, all black 
and wet, he said with pleasantry, " I hope, Sir, 
you will excuse my dirty appearance, for I came 
out of the ship in so great a hurry, that I had 
not time to shift myself." 

13. — Two Sailors, the one Irish, the other 
English, agreed reciprocally to take care of each 
other, in case of either being wounded in an ac- 
tion then about to commence. It was not long 
before the Englishman's leg was shot off by a 
cannon-ball; and on asking Paddy to carry him 
to the doctor, according to their agreement, the 



JOE MILLER 19 

other^vcry readily complied; but had scarcely 
got his wounded companion on his back when a 
second ball struck off the poor fellow's head. 
Paddy, through the noise and bustle, had not 
perceived his friend's last misfortune, but con- 
tinued to make the best of his way to the surgeon. 
An officer observing him with his headless trunk, 
asked him where he was going? " To the doctor," 
says Paddy. — " The doctor ! " says the officer, 
" why, blockhead, the man has lost his head." 
On hearing this, he flung the body from his 
shoulders, and looking at it very attentively, 
" By my own soul," says he, " he told me it was 
his leg, but I was a fool to believe him, for he 
was always a great liar." 

14. — An Irish Gentleman being at Epsom 
races, and observing in the list of horses that 
started for the plate one called Botheram, took 
such a fancy to the name, that he betted consid- 
erable odds in his favour. Towards the conclu- 
sion of the race, his favourite was unluckily in 
the rear, on which he vociferated in so loud a 
key, as to drown every other voice, " Ah, my lads, 
there he goes, — Botheram for ever ! see how he 
drives them all befor'e him! Botheram for 
ever ! " 

15. — Swift had some whimsical contrivances 
to punish his servants for disobedience of orders. 
The hiring of his maid-servants he left to his 
housekeeper, and that ceremony over, acquainted 
them that he had but two commands to give them, 



20 JOE MILLER 

■ — one was to shut the door, whenever they came 
into a room; the other, to shut the door after 
them whenever they went out of a room. One of 
these maid-servants came to him one day, and re- 
quested permission to go to her sister's wedding, 
which was to be on that day, at a place distant 
about ten miles from Dublin. Swift not only 
consented, but said he would lend her one of his 
own horses with a servant to ride before her, and 
gave her directions accordingly. The maid, in 
her joy for this favour, forgot to shut the door 
when she left the room. In about a quarter of 
an hour after she was gone, the dean ordered a 
servant to saddle another horse, and make all the 
speed he could to overtake them, and oblige them 
to return back immediately. They had not got 
more than half way, when he came up with them, 
and told them the dean's positive commands ; 
with which, however reluctantly, the poor girl 
was obliged to comply. She came into his pres- 
ence with the most mortified countenance, and 
begged to know his honour's commands. " Only 
to shut the door after you," was the reply ; but 
not to carry the punishment too far, he then per- 
mitted her to resume her journey. 

16. — There was nothing Swift more disliked 
than being troubled with applications from au- 
thors to correct their works, and he generally had 
some whimsical contrivance to make them repent 
of this, which being told, might deter others from 
the like. A poor poet having written a very in- 
different tragedy, got himself introduced to the 



JOE MILLER 21 

Dean in order to have his opinion of it ; and in 
about a fortnight after, called at the deanery. 
Swift returned the play, carefully folded up, 
telling him he had read it, and taken some pains 
with it, and he believed the author would not find 
above half the number of faults that it had when 
it came to his hand. The poor author, after a 
thousand acknowledgments, retired in company 
with the gentleman who had introduced him, and 
was so impatient to see the corrections, that he 
stopped under the first gateway they came to, 
and to his utter astonishment and confusion, saw 
that the dean had taken the pains to blot out 
every second line throughout the whole play, so 
carefully as to render them quite illegible. 

17. — Two Irishmen, who had left the banks 
of the Shannon at the same time, once meeting 
in the streets of London, after the usual con- 
gratulations, inquired into each other's situation, 
and one of them said he had been so lucky as to 
be appointed Master of the Horse ; and " pray, 
Patrick, what are you?" — "Why, I have been 
still more fortunate, for I am Under Secretary of 
State." — " The devil you are ! but how so, Pat, 
when you can neither read nor write? " — " O 
faith, let me alone for that ; my master is a coal- 
merchant, and I keep the tally, and chalk up the 
numbers of the sacks as they pass under the gate- 
way. Pray, Terence, how* are you Master of the 
Horse? " — " Why, I am Assistant to the Assist- 
ant of the Hostler at the Golden-Cross, Char- 
ing-Cross, my dear." 



<&% JOE MILLER 

18. — The Servant of a naval commander, 
an Irishman, one day let a tea-kettle fall into 
the sea, upon which he ran to his master, " Arrah, 
an plase your honour, can anything be said to 
be lost, when you know where it is? " — " Cer- 
tainly not," replied the officer. — " Why then, by 
my soul, and St. Patrick, the tea-kettle is at the 
bottom of the sea." 

19. — An Irishman who was sent on board of 
ship, and who believed in ghosts, inquired of his 
mess-mates if the ship was haunted. " As full 
of ghosts as a church-yard," replied they, " they 
are ten thousand strong every night." This so 
terrified Pat, that whenever he turned into his 
hammock, he pulled his blanket over his head and 
face, so that from his knees downwards he was 
always naked and cold. — " That there purser's 
a terrible rogue ! He serves out blankets that 
don't fit a man ; they are too long at top, and too 
short at bottom, for they cover my head and ears, 
and my feet are always perished with cold. I 
have cut several slices off the top, and sewed 
on the bottom, and the devil a bit longer is 
it." 

20. — A Clergyman was reading the burial 
service over an Irish corpse, and having forgot 
which sex it was, on coming to that part of the 
ceremony which reads thus, " our dear brother 
or sister," the reverend gentleman stopped, and 
seeing Pat stand by, stepped back, and whisper- 
ing to him, said, " Is it a brother or a sister? " 



JOE MILLER 23 

Pat says, " Friend, 'tis neither, 'tis only a rela- 
tion." • 

21. — An Irish Patient of some distinction, 
that was teasing Peter Pindar with his symptoms, 
and who had nothing scarcely to complain of, 
told him, he had frequently an itching, and 
begged to know what he should do. " Scratch 
yourself, Sir," replied Peter; which laconic ad- 
vice lost him his patient. 

22. — Two Irish Labouring Bricklayers 
were working at some houses near Russell Square, 
and one of them was boasting of the steadiness 
with which he could carry a load to any height 
that, might be required. The other contested the 
point, and the conversation ended in a bet that he 
could not carry him in his hod up a ladder to the 
top of the building. The experiment was made : 
Pat placed himself in the hod, and his comrade, 
after a great deal of care and exertion, succeeded 
in taking him up and bringing him down safely. 
Without any reflection on the danger he had es- 
caped, observing to the winner, " To be sure, I 
have lost; but don't you remember, about the 
third story you made a slip — I was then in 
hopes" 

23. — A Gentleman once appeared in tl*e 
Court of King's Bench as surety for a friend 
in the sum of three thousand pounds; Serjeant 
Davy, though he well knew the responsibility of 
the gentleman, could not help his customary im- 
pertinence. " Well, Sir, how do you make your- 



24 JOE MiLLER 

self to be worth three thousand pounds? " The 
gentleman very deliberately specified the particu- 
lars up to two thousand nine hundred and forty 
pounds. " Aye," says Davy, " that is not enough 
by sixty." — " For that sum," replied the other, 
" I have a note of hand of one Serjeant Davy, 
and I hope he will have the honesty soon to dis- 
charge it." This set the court in a roar; the 
Serjeant was for once abashed, and Lord Mans- 
field said, " Well, brother, I think we may accept 
the bail." 

24. — An Irishman, swearing the peace 
against his three sons, thus concluded his affida- 
vit : " And this deponent further saith, that the 
only one of his children who showed him any 
real filial affection was his youngest son Larry, 
for he never struck him when he was down! " 

25. — A Farm was lately advertised in a news- 
paper, in which all the beauty of the situation, 
fertility of the soil, and salubrity of the air, were 
detailed in the richest glow of rural description, 
which was farther enhanced with this — N. B. 
There is not an Attorney within fifteen miles of 
the neighbourhood. 

26. — When Lord Chief Justice Hoet was 
once on the Western circuit, a man was brought 
before him, and tried, cast, and condemned for a 
highway robbery. Being after this remanded to 
the town gaol, he most earnestly requested to 
have a private interview with the judge. Holt, 
thinking he might have something of importance 
to communicate respecting his accomplices, went 



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to him in the prison, when the man, prefacing 
his speccli, with saying, lie felt some embarrass- 
ment at claiming acquaintance with him in such 
a situation, said, " Sir, my real name is Smith, 
and I had the honour of being at college the same 
time that you were. Such a circumstance I think 
you must remember." — " Indeed I do," said the 
Lord Chief Justice, " and now I see some remains 
of your face. — Pray what is become of our old 
companions, Tom, Dick, and Harry? " — " They 
are all hanged except you and I," said the poor 
man with a deep sigh. — " Oh, are they? " said 
the judge, " Why then I must try to get you a 
reprieve, that's all; it may else be said, all our 
college, except myself, were exalted from the bar 
to the gallows." 

27. — An Officer had the misfortune to be se- 
verely wounded, in an engagement in the Ameri- 
can war. As he lay on the field, an unfortunate 
near him, who was also badly wounded, gave 
vent to his agony in dreadful howls, which so 
irritated the officer, who bore his own in silence, 
that he exclaimed, " D — n your eyes, what do 
you make such a noise for? Do } t ou think no- 
body is killed but yourself? " 

28. — A Gentleman who had an Irish servant, 
having stopped at an inn for several days, de- 
sired, previous to his departure, to have a bill ; 
which being brought, he found a large quantity 
of port placed to his servant's account, and ques- 
tioned him about having had so many bottles of 
wine. " Please your honour," cried Pat, " to 



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read how many they charge me." The gentle- 
man began, " One bottle port, one ditto, one dit- 
to, one ditto.'" — " Stop, stop, stop, master," ex- 
claimed Paddy, " they are cheating you. I know 
I had some bottles of their port, but, by Jasus, I 
did not taste a drop of their ditto." 

29. — A Mr. Johnstone having been lost in 
the dreadful conflagration of the Theatre-Royal, 
Covent-Garden, Mr. John Johnstone, of Drury- 
Lane, received a letter from an Irish friend, re- 
questing to know by the return of post, if it was 
he that was really burned or not. 

30. — An Irish Counsellor having lost his 
cause, which had been tried before three judges, 
one of whom was esteemed a very able lawyer, 
and the other two but indifferent, some of the 
other barristers were very merry on the occasion. 
" Well, now," says he, " at any rate it was a bad 
cause, and I have lost no great things by it. — 
But who the devil could help it, when there were 
an hundred judges on the bench? " — " An hun- 
dred? " said a stander-by, "there were but 
three." — " By Jove," replied he, " there were 
one and two cyphers." 

31. — An Irish Gentleman called at the Gen- 
eral Post-Office, and inquired whether there were 
any letters for him ; the clerk asked for his ad- 
dress. — " Oh ! " said he, " sure you will find it 
on the back of the letter! " 

A circumstance somewhat similar occurred a 
few years ago, when a gentleman inquired for 



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any letter for him. The clerk asked his name ; 
he replied, " What the devil makes you so im- 
pertinent as to ask any gentleman's name? Give 
me my letter, that's all you have to do ! " 

32. — An Irish Labourer being told that the 
price of bread had been lowered, exclaimed, 
" This is the first time I ever rejoiced at the fall 
of my best friend." 

33. — An Honest Hibernian Tar, a great fa- 
vourite with the gallant Nelson, used to pray in 
these words every night when he went to his ham- 
mock : — " God be thanked, I never killed any 
man, nor no man ever killed me ; God bless the 
world, and success to the British navy." 

34. — An Irish Officer who had returned 
from the late expedition to Buenos Ayres, was 
entertaining a large company at dinner with a 
history of his exploits, and the wonders he had 
seen; and among other strange sights he men- 
tioned that he had seen five acres of anchovies 
growing. This no doubt surprised the company 
greatly, one of whom said, he had never in his 
life heard of anchovies growing before. As this 
remark insinuated a doubt of the narrator's ve- 
racity, he was instantly desired to turn out and 
explain. The parties accordingly went to the 
ground, and after exchanging a cool brace, the 

Hibernian exclaimed : " Och, by J s, I beg 

your pardon, it was five acres of capers I meant." 

35. — During the American war, whilst Col- 
onel Burgoyne commanded in Cork, he saw a 



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corpulent soldier among the spectators on the 
parade, whom he addressed as follows : — " Who 
are you, Sir? you must be drilled twice a day to 
bring down your corporation. Who are you, 
Sir ! " — " Please your honour," replied Pat, " I 
am, Sir, the skeleton of the 5th regiment of foot, 
who has just marched over from America." The 
fact was so, for such was the carnage of the dis- 
astrous war, that only this fat soldier and Cap- 
tain Webb returned to Europe, out of a full reg- 
iment that landed in America. 

36. — An Irish Footman having carried a 
basket of game from his master to a friend, 
waited a considerable time for the customary fee, 
but not finding it likely to appear, scratched his 
head, and said, " Sir, if my master should say, 
Paddy, what did the gentleman give you, what 
would your honour have me to tell him? " 

37. — An Irishman, on board a man of war, 
was desired by his messmates to go down and 
fetch a can of small-beer ; Teague, knowing that 
preparations were making to sail, absolutely re- 
fused. " Arrah, my soul," said he, " and so 
when I am gone into the cellar to fetch beer, the 
ship will sail away and leave me behind." 

38. — An Irish Clergyman having gone to 
visit the portraits of the Scottish kings in Holy- 
rood House, observed one of the monarchs of a 
very youthful appearance, while his son was de- 
picted with a long beard, and wore the traits of 
extreme old age. " Sancta Maria," exclaimed 



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the good Hibernian, " is it possible that this gen- 
tleman was an old man when his father was 
born! ! ! " 

39. — An Irish Gentleman, perceiving that 
one of the great branches of an apple tree in his 
garden had been by some accident entirely blast- 
ed, was determined to lop it off. To effectuate his 
purpose, the shrewd son of St. Patrick mounted 
the tree, and got across the withered branch, and 
began very deliberately to saw off betwixt him- 
self and the main "trunk. The withered branch, 
being nearly cut through, gave way, and down 
tumbled the gallant Hibernian, not a little stun- 
ned by the fall, and considerably bruised by the 
weight of the incumbent branches, but still more 
astonished at the mystery of this inexplicable 
accident! 

40. — An Irishman being asked which was old- 
est, he or his brother, " I am eldest," said he, 
" but if my brother lives three years longer, we 
shall be both of an age." 

41. — A Fellow walking through the Old 
Bailey, at the time of execution, when an Irish- 
man was at the point of being turned off, inhu- 
manly bawled out : " Are you there, I always 
said you would come to be hanged ! " — " You're 
a liar," replied Pat, " if it was the last word I 
had to say ! I did not come, I was brought" 

42.— A Gentleman crossing the water lately 
below Limehouse, and wanting to learn the price 
of coals in the pool, hailed one of the labourers 



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at work in a tier of colliers, with " Well, Padd} T , 
how are coals? " — " Black as ever, yo\ir honour," 
replied the Irishman. 

43. — An English Labourer in Cheshire at- 
tempting to drown himself, an Irish reaper, who 
saw him go into the water, leaped after him, 
and brought him safe to shore. The fellow 
attempting it a second time, the reaper a 
second time got him out ; but the labourer 
being determined to destroy himself, watched 
an opportunity and hanged himself behind 
the barn door. The Irishman observed him, 
but never offered to cut him down ; when several 
hours afterward, the master of the farm yard 
asked him, upon what ground he had suffered the 
poor fellow to hang there? "Faith," replied 
Patrick, " I don't know what you mean by 
ground: I know I was so good to him that I 
fetched him out of the water two times — and I 
know, too, he was wet through every rag, and I 
thought, he hung himself up to dry, and you, 
know, I could have no right to prevent him." 

44. — A Gentleman describing a person who 
often visited him for the sole purpose of having 
a long gossip, called him Mr. Jones the stay- 
maker. 

45. — Dr. Sheridan, the celebrated friend of 
Swift, had a custom of ringing his scholars to 
prayers, in the school-room, at a certain hour 
every day. The bo} T s were one day very devoutly 
at praj^ers, except one, who was stifling a laugh 






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as well as he could ; which arose from seeing a 
rat descending from the bell-rope in the room. 
The poor boy could hold out no longer, but burst 
into an immoderate fit of laughter, which set the 
others a-going, when he pointed to the cause. 
Sheridan was so provoked that he declared he 
would whip them all if the principal culprit was 
not pointed out to him, which was immediately 
done. The poor pupil of Momus was immedi- 
ately hoisted, and his posteriors laid bare to the 
rod ; when the witty schoolmaster told him, if he 
said anything tolerable on the occasion, as he 
looked on the boy as the greatest dunce in the 
school, he would forgive him. The trembling 
culprit, with very little hesitation, addressed his 
master with the following beautiful distich: 

There was a rat, for want of stairs, 
Came down a rope — to go to prayers. 

Sheridan instantly dropped the rod, and in- 
stead of a whipping gave him half a crown. 

46. — A Gentleman having engaged to fight 
a main of cocks, directed his feeder in the coun- 
try, who was a Son on the Sod, to pick out two of 
the best, and bring them to town. Paddy having 
made his selection, put the two cocks together in 
a bag, and brought them with him in the mail- 
coach. When they arrived, it was found upon 
their journey they had almost torn each other to 
pieces ; on which Paddy was severely taken to 
task for lus stupidity, in putting both cocks into 



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one bag. " Indeed," said the honest Hibernian, 
" I thought there was no risk of their falling out, 
as they were going to fight on the same side.' 5 

47. — In The Late Irish Rebellion, J. C. 
Beresford, Esq., a banker, and Member for Dub- 
lin, rendered himself so very obnoxious to the 
rebels, in consequence of his vigilance in bring- 
ing them to punishment, that whenever they 
found any of his bank-notes in plundering a 
house, the general cry was : " By Jasus ! we'll 
ruin the rascal! we'll destroy every note of his 
we can find ; " and they actually destroyed, it is 
supposed, upwards of 20,000Z. of his notes dur- 
ing the rebellion. 

48. — Two Irishmen went a little way into the 
country, to see some of their friends, and drink- 
ing too freely, they were much in liquor. Their 
friends would fain have persuaded them to stay 
all night, but they were determined to go home. 
They set out accordingly ; but, before they had 
got a mile, one of them took a reel, and fell 
flounce into a ditch. The other hearing him 
fall, called out, " Patrick, if you are dead till 
me ! " — " No, honey," says Patrick, " I am not 
dead, but I'm quite speechless." 

49. — An Irish Baronet, walking out with a 
gentleman, was met by his nurse, who requested 
charity. The baronet exclaimed vehemently, " I 
will give you nothing. You played me a scanda- 
lous trick in my infancy." The old woman, in 
amazement, asked him what injury she had done 






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to him? He answered, "I was a fine boy and 
you changed me! " 

50. — " I Will Save you a thousand pounds," 
says an Irishman to an old gentleman, " if you 
don't stand in your own light." — "How?" — - 
" You have a daughter, and you intend to give 
her ten thousand as a marriage portion." — " I 
do." — " Sir, I will take her with nine thousand." 

51. — A Gentleman inquiring his way to the 
chapel of a celebrated dissenting minister in the 
vicinity of the metropolis, received the following 
direction : " Go straight forward till you come 
to the turnpike, then take the left hand road, and 
you will presently arrive at a large building like 
a church, and on the top of it you will see a 
figure exactly resembling the reverend doctor 
himself." — On arriving before the building, he 
found it surmounted by a weathercock. 

52. — Whilst living at Newstead, Lord Byron 
once found a human skull, of large dimensions 
and particular whiteness. He concluded that it 
belonged to some "jolly old soul" of a friar, 
who had beeen domesticated at Newstead, in the 
good lazy days of popery ; and saw no harm in 
turning the cranium of this second " Tuck " into 
a drinking goblet. He accordingly sent it to 
London, where it was carefully and elegantly 
mounted. On its return to Newstead, he insti- 
tuted a new order at the old Abbey, and con- 
stituted himself Grand Master or Abbot of the 
Skull. Black gowns were procured for the mem- 



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bers (twelve in number), the Grand Master's 
being somewhat distinguished from the rest, and 
at certain times a chapter was held. Upon these 
occasions, the skull, being filled with claret, was 
handed about amongst the gods of this consis- 
tory, in imitation of the Goths of old, whilst 
many a grim joke was cut at the expense of this 
inspiring caput mortuum. The goblet is now in 
the possession of Colonel Wyndham. The fol- 
lowing lines were inscribed upon it by Byron : — 

Start not — nor deem my spirit fled: 

In me behold the only skull, 
From which, unlike a living head, 

Whatever flows is never dull. 

I liv'd, I lov'd, I quaff 'd like thee: 
I died; let earth my bones resign: 

Fill up — thou can'st not injure me, 
The worm hath fouler lips than thine. 

Better to hold the sparkling grape, 

Than nurse the earthworm's slimy brood, 

And circle in the goblet's shape, 
The drink of gods, than reptile's food. 

Where once my wit perchance hath shone, 

In aid of others let me shine; 
And when, alas ! our brains are gone, 

What nobler substitute than wine ! 

Quaff while thou can'st — another race, 
When thou and thine like me are sped, 

May rescue thee from earth's embrace, 
And rhyme and revel with the dead. 

Why not? since through life's little day 
Our heads such sad effects produce, 

Redeem'd from worms and wasting clay, 
This chance is theirs — to be of use. 



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53. — " The Mortality among Byron's mis- 
tresses," said the late Lady A — 11, " is really 
alarming. I think he generally buries a first love 
every fortnight." — " Madam," replied Curran, 
the Irish barrister, " mistresses are not so mortal, 
as everyone who has to deal with them unhap- 
pily knows. The fact is, my Lord weeps for the 
press, and wipes his eyes with the public." 

54. — On Reading some lines in the newspa- 
pers, addressed to Lady Holland, by the Earl of 
Carlisle, persuading her to reject the box be- 
queathed to her by Napoleon — beginning, 

" Lady, reject the gift," &c. 

Lord Byron immediately wrote the following 
parody : 

" Lady, accept the gift a hero wore, 
In spite of all this elegiac stuff; 
Let not seven stanzas written by a bore 
Prevent your ladyship from taking snuff." 

55. — The Hon. Mr. Skeffington had writ- 
ten a tragedy, called " The Mysterious Bride," 
which was fairly damned on the first night. A 
masquerade took place soon after this fatal catas- 
trophe, to which went John Cam Hobhouse, as a 
Spanish nun who had been ravished by the 
French army, under the protection of Lord By- 
ron. The Hon. Mr. Skeffington, compassionat- 
ing the unfortunate young woman, asked, in a 
very sentimental manner, at Byron, " Who 13 



36 JOE MILLER 

she? "— " The Mysterious Bride." This was a 
rap on the teeth to the unfortunate author. 

56. — On A Traveller lamenting that the 
rocks of Meillerie, rendered sacred by Rousseau's 
connecting them with the loves of St. Prieux and 
Julie, should have been cut away to form a road, 
Rocca replied, with true nationality, " La route 
vant mieux que les souvenirs," — " a good road 
is better than any recollections." 

57. — The Courier bringing a letter from 
England, in which the death of his old physician 
Polidori was stated — Lord Byron remarked : " I 
was convinced something very unpleasant hung 
over me last night — I expected to hear that some- 
body I knew was dead ; so it turns out — who can 
help being superstitious? Scott believes in sec- 
ond sight, Rousseau tried whether he would be 
damned or not by aiming at a tree with a stone, 
Goethe trusted to the chance of a knife striking 
the water whether he was to succeed in some un- 
dertaking." He might also have mentioned 
Swift, who placed the success of his life on the 
drawing a trout he had hooked out of the 
water. Byron on another occasion observed, 
" Several extraordinary things have happened 
on my birth-day ; so they did to Napoleon ; and 
a more wonderful circumstance still occurred to 
Marie Antoinette. At my wedding, something 
whispered me, that I was signing my death 
warrant. At the last moment I would have re- 
treated if I could have done so. I am a great 
believer in presentiments. Socrates' demon was 



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no fiction ; Monk Lewis had his monitor, and 
Bonaparte many warnings." Byron had also a 
belief in unlucky days ; he once refused to be in- 
troduced to a lady, because it was on a Friday 
the introduction was to take place, that day hav- 
ing been, for some reason or other, most inno- 
cently cursed in the superstitious calendar. On 
this same " ill-starred " day he would never pay 
visits. 

58. — Isaac Bickerstaff says, " One might 
wear any passion out of a family by culture, as 
skilful gardeners blot a colour out of a tulip that 
hurts its beauty." To his uncle, who was very 
superstitious, and fed crickets, Lord Byron as- 
cribed his superstition; to another of his an- 
cestors who died laughing, he ascribed his buoy- 
ant spirits. Two of his ancestors also had such 
a love for each other, that they both died almost 
at the same moment. " There seems," he says, 
" to have been some flaw in my escutcheon there, 
or that loving couple have monopolised all the 
connubial bliss of the family." 

59. — Percy S , who made no secret of 

his infidelity, and whose spirits it was thought 
no danger could ever appal, was once in a dread- 
ful storm off St. Fiorenzo, — there appeared no 
chance of escape, and the horrors of approach- 
ing death made him weep like a child. Those 
names which he never before pronounced but in 
ridicule, he now called upon in moving accents 
of serious prayer, and implored the protection of 
that Being, whose existence he affected to disbe- 



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lieve. The vessel, however, was miraculously 
preserved from impending destruction, and when 

the danger was over, Percy S- came from 

his cabin like a spectre from the tomb. " Ah ! " 
he exclaimed to a friend, " I have tasted so much 
of the bitterness of death, that I shall in future 
entertain doubts of my own creed." A glass of 
rum and water, warm, raised his drooping spir- 
its, and in twenty-four hours he was the same 
free-thinking, thankless dog as ever; thus veri- 
fying the old distich : — 

" The devil was sick— the devil a monk would be — 
The devil got well — the devil a monk was he." 

60. — Lord Byron's valet (Mr. Fletcher), 
whose taste, a little superior to that of most mod- 
ern Greeks, looked to " elegant comforts," griev- 
ously excited his master's ire, by observing, while 
Byron was examining the remains of Athens: — 
" La me, my Lord, what capital mantle-pieces 
that there marble would make in England." 

61. — Rogers, when a certain M.P. wrote a 
review of his poems, and said he wrote very well 
for a banker, wrote, in return, the following: 

" They say he has no heart, and I deny it: 
He has a heart, and — gets his speeches by it." 

62. — Several Young Gentlemen, who were 
very fond of private theatres, once got up a play 
at Cambridge. On the day of representation 
one of the performers took it into his head to 



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make an excuse, and his part was obliged to be 
read. Hobhouse came forward to apologise to 

the audience, and told them that a Mr. had 

declined to perform his part, &c. The gentle- 
man was highly indignant at the " a," and had a 
great inclination to pick a quarrel with Scrope 

Davies, who replied, that he supposed Mr. 

wanted to be called the Mr. so and so. He ever 
after went by the name of the " Definite Article." 

63. — The Present Lord Chancellor re- 
marked of a young barrister who had just made 
a speech of more poetry than law, " Poor young 
man, he has studied the wrong Phillips." 

64. — A Frenchman, having a violent pain in 
his breast and stomach, went to a physician for 
relief. The doctor, inquiring where his trouble 
lay, the Frenchman, with a dolorous accent, lay- 
ing his hand on his breast, said, " Vy, sare, I have 
one very bad pain in my portmanteau " (mean- 
ing his chest). 

65. — Several Boys who had been admiring 
(in a print-shop window) the portrait of Paga- 
nini, on turning from the object of their attrac- 
tion, beheld, as they imagined, the original him- 
self. They immediately exclaimed, " Here's 
Paganini ! Here's Paganini ! " — a crowd instant- 
ly collected — the figure, which bore a striking re- 
semblance to the celebrated violinist, particularly 
in the exuberance of his hair, commenced a re- 
treat, and finally escaped in a hackney coach ; 
but not until he had been recognised as a well- 



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known puipit orator. The effect of this incident 
was evident on the following Sunday, when the 
reverend gentleman appeared like Samson shorn 
of his " boist'rous locks." 

66. — According to a tradition in the Greek 
church, it appears that the devil paid repeated 
visits to Noah when he set about building the 
ark, for the purpose of ascertaining by what 
means and of what materials he constructed it. 
But, the patriarch keeping his own counsel, as 
enjoined from on high, Satan called in tobacco 
to his aid, made poor Noah drunk with it, and in 
this way wormed his secret from him. Thus 
armed, the devil availed himself of the shade of 
night, to undo what Noah had done by the light 
of day ; and hence it arose that the building of 
the ark extended over so long a period. Ever 
since that time, saith the tradition, God has laid 
a heavy curse on tobacco. 

67. — While Reviewing his troops, Bona- 
parte was one day suddenly accosted by an offi- 
cer, who, stepping from the ranks, complained 
that he had been five years a lieutenant, without 
having received any promotion. The Emperor 
coolly replied, " I was a lieutenant myself for 
seven years, yet you see to what a man may rise 
by perseverance ! " 

68. — " What's The Matter? " inquired a 
passer-by, observing a crowd collected around a 
black fellow, whom an officer was attempting to 
secure, to put on board an outward bound whale 



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ship from which he had deserted. " Matter ! 
matter enough," exclaimed the delinquent, 
" pressing a poor negro to get oil." 

69. — The Captain of a vessel just arrived in 
the harbour of New York, directed one of the 
crew, an Irishman, to throw the buoy overboard, n 
He was then stepping into his cabin. On his re- 
turn, the captain inquired if his order had been 
obeyed. The Irishman, with great simplicity 
replied, "" I could not catch the boy, but I threw 
overboard the old cook." 

70. — A Young Scotchman thus describes his 
interview with a celebrated orator, to whom he 
carried a letter of introduction. — " I found him 
in his study, sitting on a sofa, apparently ab- 
sorbed in meditation, his right leg thrown over 
his left knee, with his right arm rigidly extended. 
To this arm I advanced, making my best bow; 
but I was favoured with no sign of recognition ; 
no muscle moved, no fibre relaxed. A fear of 
giving offence prevented me from speaking, and, 
gently insinuating my letter between his fingers, 
I retired to the door, which I held ready for my 
retreat. After waiting about a quarter of an 
hour in silent wonderment, he suddenly started 
into life and activity — with a violent jerk threw 
my letter unopened into a corner of the room — 
stalked to the window — seized upon an unfortu- 
nate wasp, (probably its first visit also) — and 
crushed it to death. This second Polyphemus 
now advanced to me with the mangled remains 



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of his victim between his finger and thumb, ex- 
claiming in a voice of thunder, 6 Do you know, 
Sir, why I have done that? ' ' No, Sir,' I re- 
plied. ' To get rid of it — as I wish to get rid of 
you,' was the response. It need scarcely be 
added, that I threw the door wide open, and ran 
down stairs, to avoid impending fate." 

71. — While at the court of Bornou, in the in- 
terior of Africa, nothing appears to have an- 
noyed Major Denham so much as to be told he 
was of the same faith as the Kerdies or savages, 
little distinction being made between any who 
denied the Koran. After a long discussion of 
this question, he thought the validity of his rea- 
soning would be admitted, when he could point 
to a party of those wretches devouring a dead 
horse, and appealed to Boo Khalloom, if he had 
ever seen the English do the same: but to this, 
which was not after all a very deep theological 
argument, the Arab replied, " I know they eat 
the flesh of swine, and God knows, that is worse." 
— " Grant me patience ! " exclaimed I to myself, 
" this is too much to bear and to remain .silent." 

72. — The Late King George III., in his 
walks about his farms, was often alone, and many 
pleasant little incidents occurred on meeting with 
rustics, to whom he was sometimes unknown. 
One day he had to pass through a narrow hedge- 
gate, on which sat a young clown, who showed no 
readiness in moving. "Who are you, boy?" 
said the king. " I be a pig boy," answered he. 



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" Where do you come from ? Who do you work 
for here ? " — " I be from the low country ; out of 
work at present." — " Don't they want lads 
here?" said the king. "I doan't know," re- 
joined the boy, " all belongs hereabouts to 
Georgy." — " Pray," said his Majesty, " who is 
Georgy? " — " He be the king, and lives at the 
Castle, but he does no good to me." His Majesty 
immediately gave orders at his farm hard by, to 
have the boy employed ; and when he saw him, 
told him to be a steady lad, and " Georgy " 
might do some good for him. 

73. — The Alleged Origin of the invention of 
cards produced one of the shrewdest replies ever 
given in evidence. It was made by the late Dr. 
Gregory of Edinburgh, to a counsel of great 
eminence at the Scottish Bar. The doctor's evi- 
dence went to prove the insanity of the party 
whose mental capacity was the point at issue. 
On a cross interrogation he admitted that the 
person in question played admirably at whist. 
" And do you seriously say, Doctor," said the 
learned counsel, " that a person having a supe- 
rior capacity for a game so difficult, and which 
requires, in a pre-eminent degree, memory, 
judgment, and combination, can be at the same 
time deranged in his understanding? " " I am 
no card-player," said the doctor, with great ad- 
dress, " but I have read in history, that cards 
were invented for the amusement of an insane 
king." The consequences of the reply were de- 
cisive. 



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74. — The Following Bill was actually 
furnished to a citizen of Dublin, a few years ago : 

Mr. Fullam, Esq. 

Dr. to James Iiickard, Shoemaker. 

£0 2 2 

14 

8 

2 



To clicking and sowiing Miss Mary . . 
To strapping and welting Miss Sally . . 
To binding and closing Miss Ellen . . 
To putting a few stitches in Miss Charlotte 



75. — A Seedsman being lately held to bail for 
using inflammatory language respecting the Re- 
form Bill, a wag observed, it was probably in the 
line of his profession — to promote business, he 
wished to sow sedition. 

76. — In A Parish in Hertfordshire, a short 
time since, the three following curiosities ap- 
peared upon examining the parish accounts : One 
of the overseers had made sixty-three weeks in the 
year; an item in the other overseer's account 
was for a sum of money paid towards the county 
rats. This caused a good deal of laughter, in 
which no one joined more heartily than the con- 
stable, who immediately afterwards produced his 
account, in which there was a charge for holding 
a conquest on a man 'ounded. 

77. — Liston, in his early career, was a fa- 
vourite at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and having ap- 
plied to the manager for a remuneration equal 
to the increased value of his services, he refused 
the request, adding, " If you are dissatisfied you 
are welcome to leave me; such actors as you, Sir, 
are to be found in every bush." On the evening of 



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the day when this colloquy occurred, the manager 
was driving to another town, where he intended 
" to carry on the war," when he perceived Listen 
standing in the middle of a hedge by the road- 
side. " Good heavens, Liston," cried the man- 
ager, " what are you doing there? " — " Only 
looking for some of the actors you told me of 
this morning," was the reply. 

78.— A happy pair, in smart array, 
By holy church united, 
From London town in open shay, 
Set off, by love incited. 

The day was dull as dull could be,. 

So (dreaming of no pun) 
Quoth John, " I hope, my dear, that we 

May have a little sun." 

To which his bride, with simple heart, 

Replied ('twas nature taught her), 
" Well! — I confess — for my own part, 
I'd rather have a daughter! " 

79. — Joe Miller, sitting in the window at the 
Sun Tavern, in Clare Street, while a fish-woman 
was passing by, crying, " Buy my soals, buy my 
maids ! " " Ah ! you wicked old creature ! " said 
Joe, " are you not content to sell your own soul, 
but you must sell your maid's too? " 

80. Although the infirmities of nature are 
not proper subjects to be made a jest of, yet 
when people take a great deal of pains to con- 
ceal what everybody sees, there is nothing more 
ridiculous : of this sort was old Cross the player, 



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who being very deaf, did not care anybody 
should know it. Honest Joe Miller going with a 
friend one day along Fleet Street, and seeing old 
Cross on the other side of the way, told his ac- 
quaintance he should see some sport, so beckon- 
ing to Cross with his ringer, and stretching open 
his mouth as wide as he could, as if he hallooed 
to him, though he said nothing, the old fellow 
came puffing from the other side of the way; 
" What the deuce," said he, " do you make such 
a noise for? do you think one can't hear? " 

81. — A Gentleman was saying one day at 
the Tilt-yard Coffee-house, when it rained ex- 
ceedingly hard, that it put him in mind of the 
general deluge. " Zoons, Sir," said an old cam- 
paigner who stood by, " who's that? I have heard 
of all the generals in Europe but him." 

82. — Vieuers, the witty and extravagant 
Duke of Buckingham, was making his complaint 
to Sir John Cutler, a rich miser, of the disorder 
of his affairs, and asked him what he should do 
to prevent the ruin of his estate ? " Live as I 
do, my Lord," said Sir John. — " That I can do," 
answered the Duke, " when I am ruined." 

83. — The Great Algernon Sidney seemed 
to show very little concern at his death: he had, 
indeed, got some friends to intercede with the 
king for a pardon ; but when it was told him, 
that his majesty could not be prevailed upon to 
give him his life; but that, in regard to his an- 
cient and noble family, he would remit part of 



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his sentence, and only have his head cut off; 
" Nay," said he, " if His Majesty is resolved to 
have my head, he may make a whistle of my tail, 
if he pleases." 

84. — A Country Clergyman, meeting with a 
neighbour who never came to church, although 
an old fellow of above sixty, he gave him some 
reproof on that account, and asked, if he never 
read at home? " No," replied the clown, " I 
can't read." — " I dare say," said the parson, 
" you don't know who made you? " — " Not I, in 
troth," cried the countryman. A little boy com- 
ing by at the same time, "Who made you, child? " 
said the parson. " God, Sir," answered the boy. 
" Why, look you there," quoth the honest clergy- 
man, " are you not ashamed to hear a child of 
five or six years old tell me who made him, when 
you, that are so old a man, cannot? " — " Ah ! " 
said the countryman, " it is no wonder that he 
should remember; he was made but t'other day, 
it is a great while, measter, since I war made." 

85. — Henry IV. of France, reading an osten- 
tatious inscription on the monument of a Spanish 
officer, " Here lies the body of Don, &c, &c, &c, 
who never knew what fear was." — " Then," said 
the king, " he never snuffed a candle with his 
fingers." 

86. — A French Marquis, being one day at 
dinner at the late Sir Roger Williams's, the fa- 
mous punster and publican, was boasting of the 
happy genius of his nation, in projecting all the 



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fine modes and fashions, particularly the ruffle, 
which he said, was de fine ornament to de hand, 
and had been followed by all de other nations. 
Roger allowed what he said, but at the same time, 
that the English, according to custom, " had 
made a great improvement upon their invention, 
by adding the shirt to it." 

87. — A Certain Nobleman, a courtier, in the 
beginning of a late reign, coming out of the 
House of Lords, accosted the Duke of Bucking- 
ham with, "How does your pot boil, My Lord, 
these troublesome times ? " to which His Grace re- 
plied, " I never go into my kitchen ; but I dare 
say the scum is uppermost." 

88. — My Lord Strangford, who stammered 
very much, was telling a certain bishop that sat 
at his table, " that Balaam's ass spoke because 
he was pri — est — " " Priest-rid, Sir," said a 
valet-de-chambre, who stood behind the chair, 
" my lord would say — " " No, friend," replied 
the bishop, " Balaam could not speak himself, 
and so his ass spoke for him." 

89.- — A Person was saying, not at all to the 
purpose, that Samson was a very strong man. 
" Ay," said another, " but you are much 
stronger, for you make nothing of lugging him 
in by the head and shoulders." 

90. — A Certain Fop was boasting in com- 
pany that he had every sense in perfection. 
" There is one you are quite without," said one 
who was by, " and that is common sense." 



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91. — Michael Angelo, in his picture of the 
Last Judgment, in the Pope's chapel, painted 
among the figures in hell that of a certain car- 
dinal, who was his enemy, so like, that everybody 
knew it at first sight: whereupon the cardinal 
complaining to Pope Clement VII. of the affront, 
and desiring it might be defaced; "You know 
very well," said the Pope, " I have power to de- 
liver a soul out of purgatory, but not out of 
hell." 

92. — King Henry VIII. designing to send a 
nobleman on an embassy to Francis I. at a very 
dangerous juncture, he begged to be excused, 
saying, such a threatening message to so hot a 
prince as Francis I. might go near to cost him 
his life. " Fear not," said old Harry, " if the 
French king should offer to take away your life, 
I would revenge you by taking off the heads of 
many Frenchmen now in my power." — " But of 
all these heads," replied the nobleman, " there 
may not be one to fit my shoulders." 

98. — A Melting Sermon being preached in 
a country church, all fell a-weeping but one man ; 
who being asked why he did not weep with the 
rest ? " Oh ! " said he, " I belong to another par- 
ish." 

94. — An Englishman and a Welshman dis- 
puting in whose country was the best living; 
said the Welshman, " There is such noble house- 
keeping in Wales, that I have known above a 
dozen cooks employed at one wedding dinner." 



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" Ay," answered the Englishman, " that was be- 
cause every man toasted his own cheese." 

95, — A Country Fellow, who was just come 
to London, gaping about in every shop he came 
to, at last looked into a scrivener's, where seeing 
only one man sitting at a desk, he could not im- 
agine what commodity was sold there ; but call- 
ing to the clerk, " Pray, Sir," said he, " What 
do you sell here?" — "Loggerheads" cried the 
other. "Do you?" answered the countryman; 
" egad, then you've a special trade ; for I see 
you have but one left." 

96. — A Witty Knave coming into a lace shop 
upon Ludgate Hill, said he had occasion for a 
small quantity of very fine lace, and having 
pitched upon that he liked, asked the woman of 
the shop how much she would have for as much 
as he could reach from one of his ears to the 
other, and measure which way she pleased, either 
over his head or under his chin. After some 
words, they agreed, and he paid the money down, 
and began to measure, saying, " One of my ears 
is here, and the other is nailed to the pillory in 
Bristol, therefore I fear you have not enough to 
make good your bargain; however, I will take 
this piece in part, and desire you will provide the 
rest with all expedition." 

97. — The Emperor Augustus being shown a 
young Grecian who very much resembled him, 
asked the young man, if his mother had not been 



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at Rome, " No, Sir," answered the Grecian, " but 
my father has." 

98. — The Late Sir Godfrey Kneeler had 
always a great contempt, I will not pretend to 
say how justly, for Jervais the painter; and 
being one day about twenty miles from London, 
one of his servants told him at dinner, " that 
there was Mr. Jervais come that day into the 
same town w r ith a coach and four." — " Ay," said 
Sir Godfrey, " if his horses draw no better than 
himself, they'll never carry him to town again." 

99. — Diogenes begging, as was the custom 
among many philosophers, asked a prodigal 
man for more than any one else ; whereupon one 
said to him, " I see your business, that when you 
find a liberal mind, you will make the most of 
him." — " No," said Diogenes, " but I mean to 
beg of the rest again." 

100. — A Scotchman was very angry with an 
English gentleman, who he said had abused him, 
and called him false Scot. " Indeed," said the 
Englishman, " I said no such thing, but that you 
were a true Scot." 

101. — A Gentleman coming to an inn in 
Smithfield, and seeing the ostler expert and tract- 
able about the horses, asked how long he had 
lived there, and what countryman he was. " I's 
Yorkshire," said the fellow, " an ha lived sixteen 
years here." " I wonder," replied the gentle- 
man, " that in so long a time, so clever a fellow 



52 JOE MILLER 

as you seem t«o be, have not come to be master of 
the inn yourself ! " — " Ay," answered the ostler, 
" but maister's Yorkshire too." 

102. — The late Colonel Chartres, re- 
flecting on his ill life and character, told a cer- 
tain gentleman, that if such a thing as a good 
name was to be purchased, he would freely give 
ten thousand pounds for one. The nobleman 
said, it would certainly be the worst money he 
ever laid out in his life. " Why so? " said the 
honest colonel. " Because," answered the lord, 
" you would forfeit it again in less than a week." 

103. — Among the articles exhibited to King 
Henry by the Irish against the earl of Kildare, 
the last concluded thus : " And finally all Ireland 
cannot rule the earl." — " Then," said the king, 
" the earl shall rule all Ireland ; " and so made 
him deputy. 

104. — A Reverend and Charitable Divine, 
for the benefit of the country where he resided, 
caused a large causeway to be begun ; and as he 
was one day overlooking the work, a certain 
nobleman came by : " Well, doctor," said he, 
" for all your great pains and charity, I don't 
take this to be the highway to Heaven." — 
" Very true, my lord," replied the doctor ; " for 
if it had, I should have wondered to have met 
your lordship here." 

105. — Two Jesuits having packed together 
an innumerable parcel of miraculous lies, a per- 
son who heard them, without taking upon him to 



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contradict them, told them one of his own : that 
at St. Alban's there was a stone cistern, in which 
water was always preserved for the use of that 
saint, and that ever since, if a swine should eat 
out of it, he would instantly die. The Jesuits 
hugged themselves at the story, set out the next 
day to St. Alban's, where they found themselves 
miserably deceived. On their return, they up- 
braided the person with telling them so mon- 
strous a story. " Look you there now," said he, 
" you told me a hundred lies t'other night, and I 
had more breeding than to contradict }^ou : I told 
you but one, and you have rid twenty miles to 
confute me, which is very uncivil." 

106. — A Welshman and an Englishman va- 
pouring one day at the fruitfulness of their 
countries, the Englishman said, there was a close 
near the town where he was born, which was so 
very fertile, that if a kiboo was thrown in over- 
night, it would be so covered with grass, that it 
should be difficult to find it the next day. 
" Splut," says the Welshman, "what's that? 
There's a close where hur was born, where you 
may put your horse in over night, and not be 
able to find him next morning." 

107. — King Charles II. being in company 
with Lord Rochester and others of the nobility, 
Killigrew came in. " Now," sa}^s the king, " we 
shall hear of our faults." — " No, faith," says 
Killigrew, " I don't care to trouble my head with 
that which all the town talks of." 



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108. — One telling another that he had once 
so excellent a gun, that it went off immediately 
upon a thief's coming into the house, although it 
was not charged. " How the devil can that be? " 
said the other. " Because," said the first, " the 
thief carried it off ; and what was worse, before I 
had time to charge him with it." 

109. — A fellow once standing in the pillory 
at Temple-Bar, it occasioned a stop, so that a 
carman with a load of cheeses had much ado to 
pass ; and driving just up to the pillory, he 
asked, what that was that was wrote over the per- 
son's head? They told him, it was a paper to 
signify his crime, that he stood there for for- 
gery. " Ay," said he, " what is forgery ? " — 
They answered him that forgery was counterfeit- 
ing another's hand, with intent to cheat people. 
To which the carman replied, looking up at the 
©ffender, " Oh, pox, this comes of your writing 
and reading, you silly dog." 

110. — Judge Jeffreys when on the bench, 
told an old fellow with a long beard, that he sup- 
posed he had a conscience as long as his beard. 
" Does your lordship," replied the old man, 
" measure consciences by beards ? If so, your 
lordship has none at all." 

111. — Sir Godfrey Kneleer, the painter, 
and the late Dr. Ratcliffe, had a garden in com- 
mon, but with one gate. Sir Godfrey, on some 
occasion, ordered the gate to be nailed. When 
the doctor heard of it, he said, he did not care 



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what Sir Godfrey did to the gate, so he did not 
paint it. This being told to Sir Godfrey, 
" Well," replied he, " I can take that or any- 
thing else but physic, from my good friend Dr. 
RatclifFe." 

112. — A Philosopher carrying something hid 
under his cloak, an impertinent fellow asked him 
what he had under his cloak? To which the 
philosopher answered, " I carry it there, that, 
you might not know." 

113. — Lord Chief Justice Jeffreys had a 
cause before him between a Jew that was plain- 
tiff, and a Christian defendant. The latter 
pleaded, though the debt was very just, that the 
Jew had no right, by the laws of England, to 
bring an action. " Well," says my lord, " have 
you no other plea? "- — " No, my lord," said he, 
" I insist on this plea." — " Do you," says my 
lord, " then let me tell you, you are the greatest 
Jew of the two." 

114. — Some Gentlemen coming out of a 
tavern pretty merry, a link-boy cried, " Have a 
light, gentlemen ? " — " Light yourself to the 
devil, you dog," said one of the company. 
" Bless you, master," replied the boy, " we can 
find the way in the dark; shall we light your 
worship thither? " 

115. — The Duchess of Newcastle, who 
wrote plays and romances, in king Charles the 
Second's time, asked Bishop Wilkins, how she 
could get up to the world in the moon, which he 



56 JOE MILLER 

had discovered; for as the journey must needs 
be very long, there would be no possibility of 
going through it, without resting on the way? 
" Oh, madam," said the bishop, " your grace has 
built so many castles in the air, that you cannot 
want a place to bait at." 

116- — An Englishman going into one of the 
French ordinaries in Soho, and finding a large 
dish of soup with about half a pound of mutton 
in the middle of it, began to pull off his wig, 
his stock, and then his coat; at which one of the 
monsieurs, being much surprised, asked him what 
he was going to do? " Why, monsieur," said he, 
" I mean to strip, that I may swim through this 
ocean of porridge, to yon little island of mutton/* 

117. — A Poor Ingenious Lad, who was a 
servitor at Oxford, not having wherewithal to 
buy a new pair of shoes, when his old ones were 
very bad, got them capp'd at the toes ; upon 
which, being bantered by some of his companions, 
"Why should they not be capp'd?" said he; 
" I am sure they are fellows.'" 

118. — The Standers By, to comfort a poor 
man, who lay on his death-bed, told him, he 
should be carried to church by four very proper 
fellows. " I thank ye," said he, " but I had 
much rather go by myself." 

119.- — When poor Daniel Button died, one of 
his punning customers being at his funeral, and 
looking on the grave, cried out, " This is a more 
lasting Button-hole than any made by a tailor." 



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ISO.— One asking a painter how he could 
paint such pretty faces in his pictures, and yet 
get such homely children? " Because," said he, 
" I make the first by day-light and the other in 
the dark" 

121. — A Gentleman calling for small beer at 
another gentleman's table, finding it very bad, 
gave it the servant again without drinking. 
" What," said the master of the house, " do not 
you like the beer? " " It is not to be found 
fault with," answered the other ; " for one should 
never speak ill of the dead." 

122. — One asking another, which way a man 
might use tobacco to have any benefit from it; 
" By setting up a shop to sell it," said he ; " for 
certainly there is no profit to be had from it any 
other way." 

123. — Ben Jonson being one night at the 
Devil Tavern, there was a country gentleman 
in the company, who interrupted all other dis- 
course with an account of his land and tene- 
ments ; at last Ben, unable to bear it longer, said 
to him, " What signifies your dirt and clods to 
us? where you have one acre of land, I have ten 
acres of wit." — " Have you so," said the coun- 
tryman, " good Mr. Wiseacre? " This unex- 
pected repartee from the clown struck Ben quite 
mute for a time. " Why, how now, Ben ? " said 
one of the company ; " you seem to be quite 
stung." — " I never was so prick'd by a hobnail 
before," replied he. 



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124.— An Extravagant Young Fellow, 
rallying a frugal country 'squire, who had a 
good estate, and spent but little of it, said, 
among other things, " I'll warrant you, that 
plate-buttoned suit was your great grand- 
father's." — " Yes," said the other, " and I have 
my great grandfather's lands too." 

125. — Two Country Attorneys overtaking 
a waggoner on the road, and thinking to break 
a joke upon him, asked him, why his fore horse 
was so fat, and the rest so lean? The waggoner 
knowing them to be limbs of the law, answered, 
" That his fore horse was a lawyer, and the rest 
were his clients." 

126.— A Gentleman having sent for a car- 
penter's servant to knock a nail or two in his 
study, the fellow, after he had done, scratched 
his ears, and said, he hoped the gentleman would 
give him something to make him drink. " Make 
you drink," said the gentleman, " there's a 
pickled herring for you ; and if that won't make 
you drink, I'll give you another" 

127. — A Sharper seeing a country gentleman 
sitting alone at an inn, and thinking something 
might be made of him, he went and sat near him, 
and took the liberty to drink to him. Having 
thus introduced himself, he called for a paper 
of tobacco, and said, " Do you smoke, Sir? " — 
" Yes," says the gentleman, " any one that has 
a design upon me." 



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128. — A Certain Country Farmer was ob- 
served never to be in good humour when he was 
hungry ; for this reason his wife was careful to 
watch the time of his coming home, and always 
have dinner ready on the table. One day he sur- 
prised her, and she had only time to set a mess 
of broth ready for him, who soon, according to 
custom, began to open his pipes, and maundering 
over his broth, forgetting what he was about, 
burnt his mouth to some purpose. The good 
wife seeing him in that sputtering condition, 
comforted him as follows : " See what it is now, 
had you kept your breath to cool your pottage, 
you would not have burnt your mouth, John." 

129. — A Harmless Country Fellow having 
commenced a suit against a gentleman that had 
beat down his fences, and spoiled his corn, when 
the assizes drew near, his adversary bribed his 
only evidence to keep out of the way. " Well," 
says the fellow, " I'm resolved I'll go up to town, 
and the king shall know it." — " The king know 
it," says his landlord, who was an attorney, 
" prithee what good will that do you, if the man 
keeps out of the way? " — " Why, Sir," says the 
poor fellow, " I have heard you say, the king 
could make a man a peer at any time." 

130. — A Scotch Bag-piper travelling in 
Poland, opened his wallet by a wood side, and 
sat down to dinner : no sooner had he said grace, 
but three wolves came about him ; to one he threw 



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bread, to another meat, till his provender was 
gone; at length he took up his bag-pipes, and 
began to play, at which the wolves ran away. 
" The de'el saw me," said Sawney, " an I had 
kenn'd you lo'ed music sa weel, you should have 
ha'en it before dinner." 

131. — Metullus Nepos asking Cicero, the 
Roman orator, in a scoffing manner, who 
was his father? Cicero replied, " Thy mother 
has made that question harder for thee to 
answer." 

132. — A Philosopher benig asked, why 
learned men frequented rich men's houses, but 
rich men seldom visited the learned? answered, 
" That the first know what they want, but the 
latter do not." 

133. — A Gentleman named Ball, being 
about to purchase a cornetcy in a regiment of 
horse, was presented to the colonel for approba- 
tion, who, being a nobleman, declared he did not 
like the name, and would have no Balls in his 
regiment : " Nor powder, neither," said the gen- 
tleman, " if your lordship could help it." 

134. — Mr. Pope being at dinner with a noble 
duke, had his own servant in livery waiting on 
him ; the duke asked him, " Why he, that eat 
mostly at other people's tables, should be such 
a fool as to keep a fellow in livery to laugh at 
him? " — " 'Tis true," answered the poet, " I keep 
but one to laugh at me, but your grace has the 
honour to keep a dozen." 



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135. — When Recruits were raising for the 
late wars, a serjeant told his captain that he had 
got him a very extraordinary man. " Ay," says 
the captain, " prithee what's he? " — " A butcher, 
Sir," replies the serjeant, " and your honour will 
have double service of him, for we had two sheep- 
stealers in the company before." 

136. — In a Cause tried at the King's Bench, 
a witness was produced who had a very red nose, 
and one of the counsel, an impudent fellow, being 
desirous to put him out of countenance, called 
out to him, after he was sworn, " Well, let's hear 
what you have to say, with your copper nose." — 
" Why, Sir," said he, " by the oath I have taken, 
I would not exchange my copper nose for your 
brazen face." 

137. — An Old Cavalier told a great rumper, 
that he saw his master Oliver hanged, and he 
stunk horribly. " Ay," said the last, " no doubt 
but he stunk after he had been dead so long, but 
he would have made you stink if he had been 
alive." 

138. — Some Scholars, on a time, going to 
steal coneys, by the. way they warned a novice 
amongst them to make no noise, for fear of 
spoiling their game ; but he no sooner spied some, 
but he cried out aloud, " Ecce coniculi multi." 
Whereupon the coneys ran away with all speed 
into their burrows : upon which his fellows chid- 
ing him, " Who the devil," says he, " would have 
thought that the coneys understood Latin? " 



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139.— A Parson thinking to banter an honest 
quaker, asked him, where his religion was before 
George Fox's time? "Where thine was," said 
the quaker, " before Harry Tudor's time. — Now 
thou hast been free with me," added the quaker, 
" pray let me ask thee a question: — Where was 
Jacob going when he was turned of ten years 
of age? Canst thou tell that? " — " No, nor you 
neither, I believe." — " Yes, I can," replied the 
quaker, " he was going into his eleventh year, 
was he not? " 

140. — Queen Elizabeth seeing a gentleman 
in her garden, who had not felt the effect of 
her favours so soon as he expected, looking out 
of her window, said to him in Italian, " What 
does a man think of, Sir Edward, when he thinks 
of nothing? " After a little pause, he answered, 
" He thinks, Madam, of a woman's promise ." 
The queen shrunk in her head, but was heard 
to say, " Well, Sir Edward, I must not confute 
you : anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps 
them poor." 

141. — When the late Dauphin of France said 
to the facetious Duke of Roquelaure, " Stand 
farther off, Roquelaure, for you stink." The 
duke replied, " I ask your pardon, Sir, 'tis you 
that smell, not I." 

142. — A Gentleman in king Charles the Sec- 
ond's time, who had paid a tedious attendance at 
court for a place, and had a thousand promises, 
at length resolved to see the king himself; so 



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getting himself introduced, he told his majesty 
what pretensions he had to his favour, and boldly 
asked him for the place just then vacant. The 
king hearing his story, told him he had just 
given the place away ; upon which the gentle- 
man made a very low obeisance to the king, and 
thanked him extremely, which he repeated often. 
The king, observing how over-thankful he was, 
called him again, and asked him the reason why 
he gave him such extraordinary thanks, when 
he had denied his suit? " The rather, please 
your majesty," replied the gentleman, " because 
your courtiers have kept me waiting here these 
two years, and gave me a thousand put-offs, but 
your majesty has saved all that trouble, and 
generously given me my answer at once." — 
" Cod's fish, man," says the king, " thou shalt 
have the place for thy downright honesty." 

143. — Some Repartees, if, strictly speaking, 
they are not to be brought under the head of 
jests, yet, for the readiness of the thought, and 
the politeness of the expression, are somewhat 
better. Of this sort was the answer made by Sir 
Robert Sutton to the late king of Prussia, on 
his asking him at a review of his tall grenadiers, 
if he would say, an equal number of Englishmen 
could beat them : " No, Sir," answered Sir 
Robert, " I won't pretend to say that, but I be- 
lieve half the number would try." 

144. — It was a beautiful turn given by a 
great lady, who, being asked, where her husband 



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was, when he lay concealed for having been 
deeply concerned in a conspiracy, resolutely an- 
swered, she had hid him. This confession drew 
her before the king, who told her, nothing but 
her discovering where her lord was concealed, 
could save her from the torture. " And will that 
do? " says the lady. — " Yes," says the king, " I 
give you my word for it." — " Then," says she, 
" I have hid him in my heart, there you'll find 
him." Which surprising answer charmed her 
enemies. 

145. — A Countryman in the street inquiring 
the way to Newgate, an arch fellow that heard 
him, said, he'd show him presently. " Do but 
go across the way," said he, " to yon goldsmith's 
shop, and move off with one of those silver tank- 
ards and it will bring you thither presently." 

146. — Lord Faulkner, author of the play 
called " The Marriage Night," was chosen very 
3 r oung to sit in parliament; and when he was 
first elected some of the members opposed his 
admission, urging, that he had not sown all his 
wild oats. " Then," replied he, " it will be the 
best way to sow them in the house, where there 
are so many geese to pick them up." 

147. — A Pragmatical Young Fellow, sit- 
ting at table over against the learned John Scot, 
asked him, what difference there was between 
Scot and sot? " Just the breadth of the table," 
answered the other. 



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148. — The Late Mr. Philip Thicknesse, 
father of Lord Audlcy, being in want of money, 
applied to his son for assistance. This being de- 
nied, he immediately hired a cobbler's stall, di- 
rectly opposite his lordship's house, and put up 
a sign-board, on which was inscribed in large 
letters, " Boots and shoes mended in the best 
and cheapest manner by Philip Thicknesse, 
father of Lord Audley." The consequence of 
this may be easily imagined; the board did not 
remain there many days. 

149- — A Certain Priest in a rich abbey in 
Florence, being a fisherman's son, caused a net 
to be spread every day on a table in his apart- 
ment, to put him in mind of his origin. The 
abbot dying, this dissembled humility procured 
him to be chosen abbot ; after which, the net was 
used no more. Being asked the reason, he an- 
swered, there is no occasion for the net, now the 
fish is caught. 

150. — Sir Thomas More, the famous chan- 
cellor, who preserved his humour and wit to the 
last moment, when he came to be executed on 
Tower-hill, the headsman demanded his upper 
garment as his fee ; " Ah ! friend," said he, tak- 
ing off his cap, " that, I think, is my upper gar- 
ment." 

151. — Three or four roguish scholars walk- 
ing out one day from the University of Oxford, 
espied a poor fellow near Abingdon asleep in 
a ditch, with an ass by him laden with earthen- 



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ware, holding the bridle in his hand: says one 
of the scholars to the rest, " If you will assist 
me, I'll help you to a little money, for you know 
we are bare at present." No doubt of it they 
were not long consenting. " Why, then," said 
he, " we'll go and sell this old fellow's ass at 
Abingdon ; for you know the fair is to-morrow, 
and we shall meet with chapmen enough: there- 
fore do you take the panniers off, and put them 
upon my back, and that bridle over my head, and 
then lead the ass to market, and let me alone 
with the old man." This being done accordingly, 
in a little time after, the poor man awaking, was 
strangely surprised to see his ass thus metamor- 
phosed. " Oh ! for God's sake," said the scholar, 
" take this bridle out of my mouth, and this 
load from my back." — " Zoons ! how came you 
here? " replied the old man. — " Why," said he, 
" my father, who is a necromancer, upon an idle 
thing I did to disoblige him, transformed me 
into an ass ; but now his heart has relented, and 
I am come to my own shape again, I beg you will 
let me go home and thank him." — " By all 
means," said the crockery merchant, " I do not 
desire to have anything to do with conjur- 
ation : " and so set the scholar at liberty, who 
went directly to his comrades, who by this time 
were making merry with the money they had sold 
the ass for. But the old fellow was forced to 
go the next day to seek for a new one in the 
fair; and after having looked on several, his 






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own was shown him for a good one : " Oh ! " said 
he, " what, have he and his father quarrelled 
again already ? No, no, I'll have nothing to say 
to him." 

152. — An Irish Soldier once returning from 
battle in the night, marching a little way behind 
his companion, called out to him. " Hollo, Pat, 
I have catch' d a tartar ! " — " Bring him along 
then ! bring him along then ! " — " Aye, but he 
won't come." — " Why then come away without 
him." — " By Jasus, but he won't let me ! ' 

153. — Cato, the Censor, being ask'd, how it 
came to pass, that he had no statue erected for 
him, who had so well deserved of the common- 
wealth? " I had rather," said he, " have this 
question ask'd, than Why I had one? " 

154. — An Irish Officer, travelling in com- 
pany with a bald gentleman, had desired the 
waiter of the inn where they put up the first 
night, to wake him early in the morning, as he 
had some letters to w r rite before leaving the place. 
Previous to his beginning his journey, he had 
got his head shaved. Forgetting this last cir- 
cumstance, when the waiter aroused him as or- 
dered, Paddy, scratching his pate, and feeling 
it bald, exclaimed : " You wretch of a waiter, by 
the powers ! you have waked the bald man instead 
of me." 

155. — An Irish Officer in battle happening 
to bow, a cannon-ball passed over his head, and 
took off the head of a soldier who stood behind 



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him : " You see," said he, " that a man never loses 
by politeness." 

156. — Jenny is poor, and I am poor; 

Yet we will wed — so say no more; 

And should the bairns you mention come, 

(As few that marry but have some) 

No doubt but Heav'n will stand our friend, 

And bread as well as children send. 

So fares the hen in farmer's yard, 

To live alone she finds it hard; 

I've known her weary every claw 

In search of corn amongst the straw; 

But when in quest of nicer food 

She clucks amongst her chirping brood; 

With joy I've seen that self-same hen 

That scratch'd for one, could scratch for ten. 

These are the thoughts that make me willing 

To take my girl without a shilling: 

And for the self same cause, d'ye see, 

Jenny's resolv'd to marry me! 

157. — An Irish Horse-dealer sold a mare 
as sound wind and limb, and without fault. It 
afterwards appeared that the poor beast could 
not see at all with one eye, and was almost blind 
of the other. The purchaser finding this, made 
heavy complaints to the dealer, and reminded 
him, that he engaged the mare to be " without 
fault."—" To be sure," replied the other, " to 
be sure I did ; but then, my dear honey, the poor 
crater's blindness is not her fault, but her mis- 
fortune.''' 

158. — A Reverend Gentleman, seeing an 
Irish fishwoman skinning some eels, said to her, 
" How can you be so cruel? don't you think you 
put them to a great deal of pain? " — " Why, 



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your honour," she replied, " I might when I first 
began business ; but I have dealt in them twenty 
years, and by this time they must be quite used 
to it." 

159. — A Quarter-master in a regiment f 
light horse (lately quartered in a neighbouring 
county), who was about six feet high, and very 
corpulent, was joking with an Irishman concern- 
ing the natural proneness of his countrymen to 
make bulls in conversation. — " By my soul," said 
the Irishman, " Ireland never made such a bull 
in all her life-time, as England did when she 
made a light horseman of you." 

160. — An Irish Country Schoolmaster be- 
ing asked what was meant by the word, " forti- 
fication," instantly answered, with the utmost 
confidence, " two twentifications make a fortifica- 
tion." 

161. — A Scotchman and an Irishman were 
sleeping at an inn together. The weather being 
rather warm, the Scotchman in his sleep put his 
leg out of the bed. A traveller in passing the 
room door, saw him in this situation, and having 
a mind for a frolic, gently fixed a spur upon 
Sawney's heel : who drawing his leg into the bed, 
so disturbed his companion that he exclaimed, 
" Arrah honey, have a care of your great toe, 
for you have forgot to cut your nails I belaiv." 
The Scotchman being sound asleep, and some- 
times, perhaps, not a little disturbed by other 
companions, still kept scratching poor Pat, till 



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his patience being quite spent, he succeeded in 
rousing Sawney, who not a little surprised at 
finding the spur on his heel, loudly exclaimed, 
" Deil take the daft chiel of an ostler* he's ta'en 
my boots off last night, and left on the spur." 

162. — A Gentleman once asked Sir Richard 
Steele, why the Irish, his countrymen, were so 
prone to make bulls, " Indeed," said the knight, 
" I suppose it is owing to some quality in the 
soil, for I really think, if an Englishman were 
born in Ireland, he would make as many bulls 
as an Irishman." 

163. — During the memorable engagement in 
which Lord Nelson achieved his immortal victory 
over the French fleet, upon the coast of Egypt, 
an officer, on board his vessel, had his right 
arm shot off, and lost an eye by a splinter. His 
illustrious commander, whose vigilance was un- 
remitting, for he had an eye out upon such oc- 
casions, on hearing of the officer's accident, vis- 
ited him in his cabin, though wounded himself, 
as soon as the battle was over, and expressed his 
concern for the misfortune. The officer, with 
equal gallantry and politeness said, " Admiral, 
you lead the fashions here, and he must indeed 
be destitute of taste, who is not proud on this 
day to be like you in anything." 

164. — An Alderman having occasion to ride 
some miles out of town, on his return the next 
day, exclaimed to a friend who accompanied 
him, " How is this? yesterday all the mile-stones 






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were on my left hand, and to-day they are on 
my right." 

165. — An Irish Recruit being rebuked by 
the Serjeant for striking one of his comrades, " I 
thought there was no harm in it," quoth Pat, 
" as I had nothing in my hand but my fist." 

166. — The Well-known Mr. Price kept a 
go-down or shop at Calcutta, where he sold a 
gun to an Irishman, who soon returned with it, 
complaining that the barrel was much bent. " Is 
it? " said Price, " then I ought to have charged 
thee more for it." — " Why so? " said the other. 
" Because these pieces are constructed for shoot- 
ing round a corner." — " If that be the case," 
says Paddy, " then I insist on retaining my pur- 
chase." 

167. — The Pomposity of Dr. Johnson, and 
his vain display of learning amongst those who 
assumed in his presence any acquaintance with 
literature, are well known. Old Macklin, the 
player, who was a genuine Hibernian, one day 
paid the doctor a visit as a literary man ; and 
after a few introductory words, the doctor ob- 
served, in a sneering way, that literary men 
should not converse in the vulgar tongue, but 
in the learned languages, and immediately ad- 
dressed the dramatist in a long sentence of Latin. 
Macklin, after expressing his accedence to the 
doctor's proposition, said he would rather con- 
verse in Greek, and immediately proceeded in a 
long sentence of equal length in Irish. The doc- 



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tor again reverted to the English tongue, and 
observed, " Sir, you may speak very good Greek, 
but I am not sufficiently versed in that dialect, 
to converse with you fluently." Macklin burst 
out laughing, made his bow, and retired. 

168. — The Late Lord Sommerton, arch- 
bishop of Dublin, while he enjoyed the arch- 
bishopric of Cashel, and was about to be collated 
to the metropolitan see, had entered into a treaty 
with his tenants in general, to receive fines for a 
renewal of their leases (through which means, 
by the way, the reverend prelate netted a sum 
of 50,000/.). Amongst others who came to treat 
with the right reverend prelate, was the widow 
of a wealthy farmer, who, after travelling some 
distance, arrived while his lordship was at dinner 
en famille. As soon as her arrival was an- 
nounced, he desired she might be introduced to 
the dinner-parlour, and politely pressed her to 
sit down and dine. The lady declined, and said 
she had " got her dinner already." The Arch- 
bishop, supposing her refusal arose from bash- 
fulness, pressed her to partake of some dish, and 
amongst the rest, very urgently recommended 
her to take some roast hare. The matron, in the 
simplicity of her heart, answered, " Upon my 
conscience, please your lordship, I don't care for 
it, my belli/ is full of hare already; for my son 
shot two yesterday, and we had them for dinner 
to-day." The hare which the poor woman meant 
must have been game, for the company laughed 
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169. — The gallery wit of the Dublin theatres 
has long been celebrated; for, perhaps the mob 
of that city are the wittiest blackguards in 
Europe : and the deities of the upper gallery 
never fail to mark their approbation or hatred 
for all public characters who happen to catch 
their eyes, by plaudits or groans : even the Vice- 
roy if present comes in for his share in these at- 
tentions, just as he happens to be popular or un- 
popular ; and some of those august personages 
unable to bear this kind of attack have uniformly 
absented themselves from the theatre. The late 
amiable Manners, Duke of Rutland, and his 
beautiful Duchess, appeared one night in the 
vice regal box, when a celebrated abbess named 
Peg Plunkett, with a few of her nymphs ap- 
peared in the side boxes. The upper gallery 
wits immediately began upon the Paphian Priest- 
ess with " Ha ! Peg ! who slept with you last 
night, Peg? " To which she immediately an- 
swered in a tone of reproof, " Manners, you 
blackguards." This was so palpable a hit at the 
representative of royalty, who was a frequent 
visitant at her Nunnery, that it threw the house 
into a roar of laughter, and the noble Duke re- 
tired under much embarrassment. 

170. — Mr. Burke, in his juvenile days, was 
extremely fond of private acting. A few of his 
companions proposed that he should play Rich- 
mond, in Richard the Third; and having given 
him the part at a very short notice, he arose be- 
times one morning, and walked down a lane ad- 



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joining his father's house, so intent on studying 
his part, that he did not perceive a filthy ditch 
•before him, and had just uttered with heroic dig- 
nity, " Thus far have we got into the bowels of 
the land," when he found himself up to his 
middle in the mire. 

171. — An Hibernian Officer, being once in 
company with several who belonged to the same 
corps, one of them, in a laugh, said he would lay 
a dozen of claret, that the Irishman made a bull 
before the evening was over. " Done," said 
Terence. The wager was laid, and by way of 
puzzling him, he was asked how many bulls there 
were in that town. " Five," said he. " How do 
you make them out? " said the other. " Faith," 
said he, " there is the Black Bull in the market- 
place, and the Red Bull over the way; then 
there is the Pied Bull just by the bridge and the 
White Bull at the corner/' — " They are but 
four," said the other. " Why arrah," said he, 
" there is the Dun Cow in the Butcher-row." — 
" That's a bull," said the other. " By Jasus," 
said he, "then I have won. my wager, and you 
have made the bull and not me." 

172. — A Gentleman having built a large 
house, was at a loss what to do with the rubbish. 
His steward advised him to have a pit dug large 
enough to contain it. " And what," said the 
gentleman, smiling, " shall I do with the earth 
which is dug out of the pit!" To which the 
steward, with great gravity, replied, " Have the 
pit wade large enough to hold all." 



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173. — Two Irish Soldiers, being quartered 
in a borough in the west of England, got into 
conversation respecting their quarters. " How," 
said the one, " are you quartered? "- — " Pretty 
well." — " What part of the house do you sleep 
in? " — " Up stairs." — " In the garret, per- 
haps? " — "The garret! no; Dennis O'Brien 
would never sleep in a garret." — " Where 
then? " — " Why, I know not what you call it; 
but I call it first fliire down the chimley ." 

174. — An Irishman, being struck by his 
master, cried out, " Devil take me, if I am cer- 
tain whether he has kilt me or no ; but if I am 
kilt, it will afford me great satisfaction to hear 
the old dog was hanged for killing me." 

175. — One of the last few patriotic acts of 
the Irish parliament was the establishment of a 
public botanical garden, at the village of Glass- 
nevin, near Dublin, principally with a view to 
the arrangement and cultivation of useful plants, 
the national growth of the country. The pro- 
fessor of this institution, Dr. Wade, when just 
proceeding to the south upon a botanizing tour, 
met the celebrated Sir Boyle Roache, who asked 
him where he was going. He answered, " To the 
south, Sir Boyle, on a botanizing excursion, to 
collect indigenous plants for our garden." — 
" Why, then, my dear doctor," replied the good- 
natured baronet, " I would advise you to go di- 
rectly to the county of Kerry, where you can 
botanize all round the lake of Killarney in my 
Lord Kenmure's barge, and find more indigence 



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planted there than in any other county of this 
kingdom." 

176. — Lieutenant Connolly, an Irishman, 
in the service of the United States, during the 
American war, chanced to take three Hessian 
prisoners himself, without any assistance. Being 
asked by the commander-in-chief, how he had 
taken them? "By Jasus ! I surrounded them," 
was the answer. 

177. — An Irish Student of the Temple hav- 
ing occasion to go to dinner, left this direction 
in the keyhole : " Gone to the Elephant and 
Castle, where you shall find me ; and if you can't 
read this, carry it to the stationer's and he shall 
read it for you." 

178. — A Constitutional citizen of London, 
within the very sound of Bow bell, was pretty 
constant in the habit of rising early, and taking 
a rural morning walk, either in Moorfields, or, in 
wet weather, under the piazza of the Royal Ex- 
change, to create an appetite for his buttered 
muffins, and improve his health. But having 
overslept himself one morning, after swallowing 
an over-dose of stomach furniture on the preced- 
ing day at a civic feast, his fond rib reminded 
him after breakfast, that he had not taken his 
morning walk. But he answered, " Nay, that 
don't much signify; I shall take it in the after- 
noon, lovey." 

179. — Whether it be a consequence of the 
act of LTnion, or of the frequent prevalence of 



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westerly winds, is not decided ; but any person 
who mixes much with company, frequents our 
law courts, or even our senate-house, will often 
discover that we Britons have acquired as pretty 
a knack at blundering as many of our Irish 
neighbours. In a late prosecution against a 
smasher of counterfeit coin, the learned Old 
Bailey counsel, in stating the case to the jury 
observed, " that the prisoner at the bar had been 
twice before convicted as a notorious utterer of 
brass silver." Another learned barrister, in stat- 
ing the case of a burglary, observed, " that it 
was committed at a quarter past twelve at night, 
on the morning of the next day." And if we 
only advert to the ordinary dialect of common 
conversation, what expressions are more frequent 
than, " come will you go? " or, " are you going 
to stay? " An Hibernian, who was a good deal 
annoyed by some city wags on the blundering 
propensities of his countrymen, answered, " By 
Jasus, if you father all your bulls upon us Irish- 
men, we often father our calves on vou in re- 
turn." 

180. — Ix a Debate on the leather-tax, in 
1795, in the Irish House of Commons, the Chan- 
cellor of the Exchequer (Sir John P ) ob- 
served, with great emphasis, " that, in the prose- 
cution of the present war, every man ought to 
give his last guinea to protect the remainder." 
Mr. Vandelure said, " that however that might 
be, the tax on leather would be severely felt, by 
the barefooted peasantry of Ireland." To which 



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Sir Boyle Roache replied, " that this could be 
easily remedied, by making the under leathers of 
zvood." 

181. — Louis XIV. had granted a pardon to 
a nobleman who had committed some very great 
crime. M. Voisin, the chancellor, ran to him in 
his closet, and exclaimed, " Sire, you cannot par- 
don a person in the situation of Mr. ." " I 

have promised him," replied the king, who was 
ever impatient of contradiction ; " go and fetch 
the great seal." " But sire " — " Pray, sir, do 
as I order you." The chancellor returns with the 
seals ; Louis applies them himself to the instru- 
ment containing the pardon, and gives them 
again to the chancellor. " They are polluted 
now, sire," exclaims the intrepid and excellent 
magistrate, pushing them from him on the table, 
" I cannot take them again." " What an im- 
practicable man ! " cries the monarch, and throws 
the pardon into the fire. " I will now, sire, take 
them again," said the chancellor ; " the fire, you 
know, purifies every thing." 

Morvilliers, keeper of the seals to Charles 
IX. of France, was one day ordered by his sov- 
ereign to put the seals to the pardon of a noble- 
man who had committed murder. He refused. 
The king then took the seals out of his hands, 
and having put them himself to the instrument 
of remission, returned them to Morvilliers; who 
refused them, saying, " The seals have twice put 
me in a situation of great honour; once when I 
received them, and again when I resigned them." 



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182. — The Late Lord Kilwarden, while at- 
torney general, was retained as counsel for the 
crown, in prosecuting a gang of robbers for 
plundering the house of the late Lord O'Neil. 
The principal witness, a fellow named Pigeon, 
who was one of the gang, had turned approver; 
and in answering the questions of the learned at- 
torney general as to the facts, he said his mo- 
tive for becoming evidence was, that his com- 
panions had " cheated him out of his fair 
whack." — " Your whack? " said the learned bar- 
rister, " what do you mean by that? " — " Why 
arn't you up to whack? " says the fellow ; " what 
a gag you must be ! then it is just the same thing 
as if you and / were to rob a house together, and 
you were to cheat me out of my share of the 
booty." 

183. — The Late Lord Norbury, some time 
since going as a judge on the Munster circuit, 
was, as usual, so strict in the administration of 
criminal justice, that few, of whose guilt there 
were any strong grounds of suspicion, were suf- 
fered to escape, merely through any slovenly 
flaws in the wording of their indictments, or 
doubts upon the testimony. Dining, as usual, 
with the seniors of the bar, at the next inn, a 
gentleman, who sat near the judge, asked leave 
to help his lordship to part of a pickled tongue. 
Lord Norbury replied, " he did not like pickled 
►tongue ; but if it had been hung, he would try 
it." Mr. Curran, who sat on the other side, said, 
that " the defect was easily obviated ; for, if his 



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lordship would only try it, it would certainly be 
hung." 

184*. — The Capricious hauteur of genius, in 
the midst of poverty, has been exemplified on 
numberless occasions. The late Mr. James 
Barry, who was the son of a bricklayer at Cork, 
made his professional debut as a sign-painter in 
that city ; and afterwards, by the dint of his 
genius and industry, rose, as we have seen, to 
high fame in his profession ; and, though he was 
raised to the dignity of a ro} r al artist, was yet, in 
his" circumstances, through life, the distressed 
victim of professional pride and an eccentric 
temper. On his return from Italy to London, he 
was sinking under distress, for the want of a 
patron ; when the late munificent duke of North- 
umberland, by some accident, discovered his 
merit, and invited him to dine at Northumber- 
land-house, purely with the view of rendering 
him a service, in a manner the most delicate to 
his feelings. During the repast, the discourse 
ran upon paintings, and upon the distribution 
of those hung up in the dinner-room : " How do 
you approve of the placing of those pictures, 
Mr. Barry?" said his grace. " Oh ! very well, 
my lord duke ; but there is a capital place at the 
bottom, in a side light, which is unoccupied." — 
" Then I mean that vacancy to be filled," said 
the duke, " by a production from your pencil, 
Sir, which I request you will finish ; you shall, 
choose the subject from fhe History of England; 
the size and price I will leave to yourself; and I 



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have only to request you will contrive to intro- 
duce a master of the horse in the grouping, and 
draw my portrait in that character." The artist 
departed ; and in the following week his grace 
repeatedly sent for and called upon him, but he 
was repeatedly denied. At length the duke, tired 
of such caprice, sent a letter by a servant to 
Barry, desiring to speak with him ; but the an- 
swer returned by the servant was, " Go to the 
duke, your master, friend, and tell him from 
me, that, if he wants his portrait painted, he 
must go to that fellow in Leicester-Fields (the 
late Sir Joshua Reynolds), for I shall never de- 
grade my pencil by portrait painting." 

185. — There Happened, when Swift was at 
Larcone, in Ireland, the sale of a farm and stock, 
the farmer being dead. Swift chanced to walk 
past during the auction, just as a pen of poultry 
had been put up. Roger (Swift's clerk) bid for 
them : he was overbid by a farmer of the name 
of Hatch. " What, Roger, won't you buy the 
poultry? " exclaimed Swift. " No, Sir," said 
Roger, " I see they are just ongoing to Hatch." 

186.— Two Irish Labourers being at the 
execution of the malefactors on the new scaffold 
before Newgate, one says to the other, " Arrah, 
Pat, now ! but is there any difference between be- 
ing hanged here and being hanged in chains ! " 
— " No, honey ! " replied he, " no great dif- 
ference ; only one hangs about, an hour, and the 
other hangs all the days of his life." 



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187. — Mr. Cumberland, the writer, was 
asked his opinion of Mr, Sheridan's " School for 
Scandal." " Faith," said he, " I am quite aston- 
ished that the town can be so duped ! I went to 
see his comedy, and never laughed once from be- 
ginning to end." This being repeated to Sheri- 
dan, " That's very ungrateful of him," said he, 
" for I went to see his tragedy t'other night, and 
did nothing but laugh from beginning to end." 

188. — Ix one of the engagements with the 
French at Cuddalore, the 101st regiment gave 
way, and their place was immediately supplied 
by a battalion of black infantry. A gentleman 
shortly afterwards, in company with Colonel 
Kennedy, and conversing on the subject, said 
he was surprised that they gave way. " And so 
am I too," said the colonel, " for they were all 
tried men." — " How can you make that out," 
says the gentleman, " when they are a new regi- 
ment? " — "Oh! by my conscience," says the 
colonel, " they were all tried at the Old Bailey 
long ago." 

189. — Mr. Sheridan, who had a fund of Irish 
stories, related one which occurred upon a shoot- 
ing visit to a gentleman in the county of Tip- 
perary, who, being unfortunately afflicted with 
the gout, was unable to accompany him in a 
day's sport, but recommended as his guide an 
herdsman about his land, who knew the seat of 
every hare and the haunt of every covey within 
ten miles. With this guide the orator set out 
caparisoned for the field, and was, in the course 



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of the day, led to a dozen coveys and as many 
hares, but not being so good a shot in the field 
as in the senate, nothing was brought to bag. 
His guide, however, perceiving he was a young 
sportsman, never failed, at every shot, by some 
compliment in his own way, to encourage the 
marksman with hopes of better success. At the 
first fire, while the covey fluttered off in triumph, 
Pat says, " Pon my shoul, Sir, I'm sure you 
must have wounded some of them, though they 
didn't fall." At the next, " By my shoul, they 
did not fly fair for you, or you would have killed 
a couple of brace of them." At the third, " Pon 
my shoul, you knock'd some of their feathers off 
that time." At length, having exhausted his 
whole stock of apologies for the ill luck of the 
sportsman, he concluded with, " Devil burn me, 
but you made them lave that, any how, Sir." 

190. — Some Years Afterwards, Mr. Sheri- 
dan was on a visit to the Duke of Bedford, at 
Woburn, when preparations were making to take 
the field against the partridges on the first of 
September. A learned barrister of the party 
was endeavouring to improve his skill by firing 
at a mark, which he could never hit, and, in 
excuse for his bad aim, complained of his dog, 
which was not well trained, and who, at every 
moment he was about to fire his piece, always 
jumped up against the mark, " although," said 
he, " I thought lie was as sagacious an animal 
as ever lived." — " Sagacious, indeed," said 
Mr. Sheridan, " and he has proved it, for I can't 



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conceive he could be any where so safe from 
your shot, as by flying at the mark you aim at." 

191. — An Irishman and an Englishman fall- 
ing out, the Hibernian told him if he did not 
hold his tongue, he would break his impenetrable 
head, and let the brains out of his empty skull ! 

192. — An Irishman having been obliged to 
live with his master some time in Scotland, when 
he came back, some of his companions asked how 
he liked Scotland. " I will tell you now," said he, 
" I was sick all the while I was there ; and if I 
had lived there till this time, I had been dead 
a year ago." 

193. — An Irishman being at a tavern, where 
the cook w T as dressing some carp, observed some 
of them move after they were gutted and put 
into the pan, which much surprised Teague ; said 
he, " Now of all the Christian creatures I ever 
saw, this carp will live the longest after it is 
dead of any fish." 

194. — The Following Advertisement is 
copied from a Dublin paper. " Notice is here- 
by given, that the fox cover of Turnant is poi- 
soned, for the preservation of the game. 20th 
Aug., 1805." 

195. — An Irishman having a looking glass in 
his hand shut his eyes, and placed it before his 
face; another asking him why he did so? " Upon 
my soul," says Teague, " it is to sec how I look 
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196. — An Honest, Simple Irishman, a short 
time ago, landed on one of the quays' at Liver- 
pool, in search of harvest work. A fellow on 
the quay, thinking to quiz the poor stranger, 
asked him, " How long, Pat, have you broke 
loose from your father's cabin? and how do the 
potatoes eat now? " The Irish lad, who hap- 
pened to have a shilalee in his hand, answered, 
" O, they eat very well, my jewel, would you like 
to taste the stalk? " and knocking the inquirer 
down, coolly walked off". 

197. — An Irish Drummer once executing his 
duty of flogging an Irish recruit, the poor suf- 
ferer, as is customary in those cases, cried, 
" Strike high ! strike high ! " The drummer, 
to oblige his countryman, did as was requested, 
but the fellow still continuing to roar out, " The 
d — 1 burn your bellowing," cried rub-a-dub, 
" there is no plasing you, strike where one will." 

198. — A Physician at Bath was lately com- 
plaining in a coffee-house in that city, that he 
had three fine daughters, to whom he should 
give ten thousand pounds each, and yet that he 
could find nobody to marry them. " With your 
lave, doctor," said an Irishman who was present, 
stepping up and making a very respectful bow, 
" I'll take two of them ! " 

199. — The Proverb says, " that idleness cov- 
ers a man with rags." An Irish schoolmaster 
thought the sentence might be improved : in con- 



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sequence of which, he wrote for his pupil, " Idle- 
ness covers a man with nakedness." 

200. — When Paddy Blake heard an English 
gentleman speaking of the fine echo at the lake 
of Killarney, which repeats the sound forty 
times, he very promptly observed, " Poh ! faith 
that's nothing at all at all, to the echo in my 
father's garden, in the county of Galway ; there, 
honey, if you were to say to it, How do you do, 
Paddy Blake? it would answer, Very well, I 
thank you, Sir." 

201. — Two Very Honest Gentlemen, who 
dealt in brooms, meeting one day in the street, 
one asked the other, how he could afford to under- 
sell him every where as he did, when he stole the 
stuff, and made the brooms himself? — " Why, 
you silly dog," answered the other, " I steal 
them ready made." 

202. — Bolivar was on the plains of the 
Apure, with his troops in a starving condition, 
and without the means of procuring food for 
his army, unless he took a circuitous march of 
many leagues, to which the strength of the men 
was incompetent, or found means to arrive at the 
point he wished to gain, by crossing the river 
Apure, on whose banks, on the opposite side, were 
plenty of cattle 1 , grazing within sight of the 
nearly famished troops. The latter could not 
be accomplished as he had no boats of any de- 
scription, or timber to construct rafts; but about 
midway across the river was a fleet of sixty 



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flecheras, which belonged to the enemy, and were 
well manned and armed. Bolivar stood on the 
shore, gazing at these in despair, and continued 
disconsolately parading in front of them, when 
General Paez, who had been on the look-out, rode 
up and inquired the cause of his disquietude. 
His Excellency observed, " I would give the 
world to have possession of the Spanish flotilla, 
for without it I can never cross the river, and 
the troops are unable to march." — " It shall be 
yours in an hour," replied Paez. — " It is im- 
possible," said Bolivar, " and the men must all 
perish." — " Leave that to me," rejoined Paez, 
and galloped off. In a few minutes he returned, 
bringing up his guard of honour, consisting of 
300 lancers selected from the main body of the 
Llaneros, for their proved bravery and strength, 
and leading them to the bank, thus briefly ad- 
dressed them. " We must have these flecheras, 
or die. Let those follow Tio (uncle) who 
please : " and at the same moment spurring his 
horse, dashed into the river and swam towards 
the flotilla. The guard followed him with their 
lances in their mouths, now encouraging their 
horses to bear up against the current, by swim- 
ming by their sides, and patting their necks, and 
then shouting to scare away the alligators, of 
which there were hundreds in the river, till they 
reached the boats, when, mounting their horses, 
they sprang from their backs on board them, 
headed by their leader, and, to the astonishment 
of those who beheld them from the shore, cap- 




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tured every one of them. To English officers it 
may apear inconceivable that a body of cavalry, 
with no other arms than their lances, and no 
other mode of conveyance across a rapid river, 
than their horses, should attack and take a fleet 
of gun-boats amidst shoals of alligators ; but, 
strange as it may seem, it was actually accom- 
plished. 

203. — Ix the Gkeat Dispute between South 
and Sherlock, the latter, who was a great cour- 
tier, said, " His adversary reasoned well, but he 
barked like a cur." To which the other replied, 
" That fawning was the property of a cur as 
well as barking." 

204. — Ax Arch Boy being at a table where 
there was a piping hot apple-pie, putting a 
bit into his mouth, burnt it so that the tears 
ran down his cheeks. A gentleman that sat by, 
asked him, why he wept ? " Only," said he, 
" because it is just come into my remembrance, 
that my poor grandmother died this day twelve- 
month."—" Phoo," said the other, " is that all? " 
So, whipping a large piece into his mouth, he 
quickly sympathized with the boy ; who seeing 
his eyes brim full, asked him, with a malicious 
sneer, why he wept? " A pox on you," said he, 
" because } t ou were not hanged, }ou young dog, 
the same day your grandmother died." 

205. — Dr. Lloyd, Bishop of Worcester, so 
eminent for his prophecies, when by his solicita- 
tions and compliance at court he got removed 






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from a poor Welsh bishopric, to a rich English 
one, a reverend Dean of the church said, that 
he found his brother Lloyd spelt prophet with 
an F. 

206. — A Worthy Old Gentleman in the 
country having employed an attorney, of whom 
he had a pretty good opinion, to do some law 
business for him in London, he was greatly sur- 
prised, on his coming to town, and demanding 
his bill of law charges, to find that it amounted 
to at least three times the sum he expected; the 
honest attorney assured him, that there was no 
article in his bill, but what was fair and reason- 
able. " Nay," said the country gentleman, 
" there's one of them I am sure cannot be so, for 
you have set down three shillings and four-pence 
for going to Southwark, when none of my busi- 
ness lay that way ; pray, what is the meaning 
of that, Sir? "— " Oh, Sir," said he, " that was 
for fetching the chine and turkey from the car- 
rier's that you sent me for a present out of the 
country." 

207. — A Gentleman going into a meeting- 
house, and stumbling over one of the forms that 
were set there, cried out in a passion, " Who 
the devil expected set forms in a meeting- 
house? " 

208. — When George II. in coming from 
Holland, happened to meet with a violent storm 
at sea, the captain of the yacht cried to the 
chaplain, " In five minutes more, doctor, we shall 



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be with the Lord." " The Lord forbid," an- 
swered the doctor. 

209. — A Justice of Peace seeing a parson 
on a very stately horse, riding between London 
and Hampstead, said to some gentlemen who 
were with him, " Do you see what a beautiful 
horse that proud parson has got, I'll banter him a 
little." " Doctor," said he," " you don't follow 
the example of your great Master, Avho was 
humbly content to ride upon an ass." — " Why 
really, Sir," replied the parson, " the king has 
made so many asses justices, that an honest 
clergyman can hardly find one to ride if he had 
a mind to it." 

210. — A Great Deae of compan}^ being at 
dinner at a gentleman's house, where a silver 
spoon was laid at the side of every plate, one of 
the company watching for a convenient oppor- 
tunity, as he thought, slid one of them into his 
pocket ; but being observed more narrowky than 
he was aware of, the gentleman who sat oppo- 
site to him, took up another, and stuck it in the 
button-hole of his bosom ; which the master of 
the house perceiving, asked him in good humour, 
"What was his fancy in that? "— " Why," re- 
plied he, " I thought every man was to have one, 
because I saw that gentleman, over against me, 
put one in his pocket." 

211. — A Rich Farmer's Sox, who had been 
bred at the University, coming home to visit his 
father and mother, they being one night at 



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supper on a couple of fowls, lie told^them, that 
by logic and arithmetic, he could prove those 
two fowls to be three. " Well, let us hear," said 
the old man. " Why, this," cried the scholar, 
" is one, and this," continued he, " is two, two 
and one, you know, make three.'"' — " Since you 
have made it out so well," answered the old man, 
" your mother shall have the first fowl, I will 
have the second, and the third you may keep 
yourself for your great learning." 

212. — A Gentleman who had a suit in chan- 
cery, was called upon by his counsel to put in 
his answer, for fear of incurring contempt. 
" And why," said the gentleman, " is not my 
answer put in ? " — " How should I draw your 
answer," cried the lawyer, " till I know what 
you can swear? " — " Pox on your scruples," re- 
plied the client, " pr'ythec, do your part as a 
lawyer, and draw a sufficient answer, and let me 
alone to do the part of a gentleman, and swear 
to it." 

213. — Ax Honest Welsh Carpenter, com- 
ing out of Cardiganshire, got work in Bristol, 
where, in a few months, he had saved, besides his 
expenses, about twelve shillings ; and with this 
prodigious sum of money, returning into his 
own country, when he came upon Mile Hill, he 
looked back on the town : " Ah, poor Pristow," 
said he, " if one or two more of hur countrymen 
were 'to give hur such another shake as hur has 
done, it would be poor Pristow indeed." 



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214. — One Telling Charles XIL, of Swe- 
den, just before the battle of Narva, that the 
enemy were three to one : " I am glad to hear 
it," answered the king, " for then there will be 
enough to kill, enough to take prisoners, and 
enough to run away." 

215. — A Poor Fellow, who growing rich on 
a sudden, from a very mean and beggarly con- 
dition, and taking great state upon him, was 
met one day by one of his poor acquaintance, 
who accosted him in a very humble manner, but 
having no notice taken of him, cried out, " Nay, 
it is no great wonder that you should not know 
me, when you have forgot yourself." 

216. — Marcus Livius, who was governor of 
Tarentum when Hannibal took it, being envious 
to see so much honour done to Fabius Maximus, 
said one day in open senate, " That it was him- 
self, not Fabius Maximus, that was the cause of 
retaking the city of Tarentum." Fabius said 
smilingly, " Indeed thou speakest truth, for 
hadst thou not lost it, I should never have re- 
taken it." 

217. — Alphonso, king of Naples, sent a 
Moor, who had been his captive a long time, to 
Barbary, with a considerable sum of money to 
purchase horses, and to return by such a time. 
There was about the king a buffoon, or jester, 
who had a table-book, wherein he used to register 
any remarkable absurdity that happened at 
court. The day the Moor was dispatched to 
Barbary, the said jester waiting on the king at 



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supper, the king called for his table-book, in 
which t lie jester kept a regular journal of ab- 
surdities: the king took the book, and read, how 
Alphonso, king of Naples, had sent Bel tram the 
Moor, who had been a long time his prisoner, to 
Morocco, his own country, with so many thou- 
sand crowns to buy horses. The king turned to 
the jester, and asked, why he inserted that : " Be- 
cause," said he, " I think he will never come back 
to be a prisoner again ; and so you have lost both 
man and money." — " But, if he does come," says 
the king, " then } T our jest is marred." — " No, 
Sir," replies the buffoon, " for if he should re- 
turn, I will blot out your name, and put in his 
for a fool." 

218. — Soon after the death of a great officer, 
who was judged to have been no great advancer 
of the king's affairs ; the kins; said to his solicitor 
Bacon, who was kinsman to that lord : " Now 
Bacon, tell me truly, what say you of your 
cousin? " Mr. Bacon answered, " Since your 
majesty charges me to speak, I will deal plainly 
with you, and give you such a character of him, 
as though I were to write his story. I do think 
he was no fit counsellor to have made your affairs 
better, yet he was fit to have kept them from 
growing worse," — " O my soul," quoth the king, 
" in the first thou speakest like a true man ; and 
in the latter like a kinsman." 

219. — A Young Fellow being told that his 
mistress was married; to convince him of it, the 
young gentleman who told him, said, he had seen 



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the bride and bridegroom. " Pr'ythee," said the 
forsaken swain, "do not call them by those names. 
I cannot bear to hear them." — " Shall I call 
them dog and cat? " answered the other. " Oh, 
no, for heaven's sake," replied the first, " that 
sounds ten times more like man and wife than 
t'other." 

220. — A Very Ignorant, but very foppish 
young fellow, going into a bookseller's shop with 
a relation, who went thither to buy something he 
wanted, seeing his cousin look into a particular 
book, and smile, asked him, what there was in 
that book that made him smile? " Why," an- 
swered the other, " this book is dedicated to you, 
cousin Jack." — " Is it so," said he, " pray let 
me see it, for I never knew before that I had 
such an honour done to me." Upon which, tak- 
ing it into his hands, he found it to be Perkins' 
Catechism, dedicated " to all ignorant persons." 

221. — A Drunken Fellow having sold all 
his goods, to maintain himself at his pot, except 
his feather-bed, at last made away with that too ; 
when being reproved for it by some of his 
friends ; " Why," said he, " I am very well, 
thank God, and why should I keep my bed." 

222. — When King Charles I. was in great 
anxiety about signing the warrant for the earl 
of Strafford's execution, saying, " it was next 
to death to part with so able a minister, and so 
loyal a subject;" a certain favourite of the 
king's standing by, soon resolved his majesty, 






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by telling him, " that in such an exigence, a man 
had better pari with his crutch than his leg." 

223.— A Person having been put to great 
shifts to get money to support his credit, some 
of his creditors at length sent him word, that they 
would give him trouble. " Pox," says he, " I 
have had trouble enough to borrow the money, 
and had not need to be troubled to pay it 
again." 

224. — Count Gondemar, the Spanish am- 
bassador here, in Queen Elizabeth's time, sent a 
compliment to the lord St. Alban's, whom he lived 
in no good terms with, wishing him a " merry 
Easter." My lord thanked the messenger, and 
said, he could not requite the count better, than 
m by wishing him a " good Passover." 

225. — A Lady seeing a tolerable pretty fel- 
low, who by the help of his tailor and sempstrecs 
had transformed himself into a beau, said, "What 
pity it is to see one, whom nature has made no 
fool, so industrious to pass for an ass." — 
" Rather," says another, " one should pity those 
whom nature abuses than those who abuse nature : 
besides, the town would be robbed of one half 
of its diversion, if it should become a crime to 
laugh at a fool." 

226. — An Old Fellow having a great itch 
after his neighbour's wife, employed her cham- 
bermaid in the business. At the next meeting he 
inquired, what answer the lady had sent him? 
" Answer," said the girl, " why she has sent you 



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this for a token " (giving him a smart slap in 
the face). " Ay" cried the old fellow, rubbing 
his chops, " and you have lost none of it by the 
way: I thank you." 

227. — A Busy Impertinent, entertaining 
Aristotle the philosopher one day with a tedious 
discourse, and observing that he did not much re- 
gard him, made an apology, that he was afraid 
he had interrupted him. " No, really," replied 
the philosopher, " you have not interrupted me 
at all, for I have not minded one word you said." 

228. — Two Conceited Coxcombs wrangling 
and exposing one another before company, one 
told them, that they had both done like Wits: 
" For you Wits," says he, " never give over, till 
you prove one another Fools." 

229. — Three Young Conceited Wits, as 
they thought themselves, passing along the road 
near Oxford, met a grave old gentleman, with 
whom they had a mind to be rudely merry; 
" Good-morrow, father Abraham," said one : 
" Good-morrow, father Isaac," said the next : 
" Good-morrow, father Jacob," cried the last. 
" I am neither Abraham, Isaac, nor Jacob," re- 
plied the old gentleman, " but Saul, the son of 
Kish, who went out to seek his father's asses, and 
lo ! here I have found them.""^~" 

230. — James the First of England, and 
sixth of Scotland, though in some degree a man 
of sense and wit, seems to have been remarkably 
deficient in the more important talent of steadi- 

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ncss and vigour of mind. It is said he was not 
unconscious of this defect ; and that he was once 
told of it in a very curious manner from the 
pulpit. He heard of a famous preacher, who, 
according to the fashion of the times, was very 
witty in his sermons, and peculiarly happy in 
his choice of texts. James got this person to 
preach before him ; who, with all suitable gravity, 
gave out his text in the following words — 
" James /. and VI. , in the latter part of the 
verse. ' He that wavcreth is like a wave of the 
sea, driven by the winds and tossed.' " — " God's 
chickens ! " whispered the king, " he is at me 
already ! " The preacher went on, and trimmed 
the king soundly. The text is genuine, and the 
application of it witty, even independently of 
the pun, which seems so well suited to the taste 
of the times of " James I. and VI." 

231. — A Simple Bumpkin, coming to Lon- 
don, was very much taken with the sight of a 
chair, or sedan, and bargained with the chair- 
men to carry him to a place he named. The 
chairmen, observing the curiosity of the clown 
to be suitable to the meanness of his habit, pri- 
vately took out the bottom of the chair, and 
then put him into it, which, when they took up, 
the countryman's feet were upon the ground, 
and as the chairmen advanced, so did he ; and to 
make the better sport, if any place was dirtier 
in the way than the rest, that they chose to go 
through ; the countryman not knowing but others 
used to be carried, or rather driven in the same 



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manner, coming to his lodgings, gave them their 
demand : returning into the country, he related 
what rare tilings he had seen in London, and 
withal, that he had been carried in a sedan. 
"Sedan!" quoth one, "What is that? "— 
' ; Why," said he, " like our watchhouse, only it 
is covered with leather; but were it not for the 
name of a sedan, a man might as well walk on 
foot." 

232. — A Youth standing by whilst his father 
was at play, observing him to lose a great deal 
of money, burst into tears ; his father asked him 
the reason why he wept? " Oh, Sir, I have heard 
that Alexander the Great wept when he heard his 
father Philip had conquered a great many towns, 
cities, and countries, fearing that he would leave 
him nothing to win ; but I wept the contrary 
way, fearing that you will leave me nothing to 
lose." 

233. — The Famous Mr. Amner g oni g 
through a street in Windsor, two boys looked 
out of a one pair of stairs window, and cried, 
" There goes Mr. Amner that makes so many 
bulls." He hearing them, looked up, saying, 
" You rascals, I know you well enough, and if 
I had you here I'd kick you down stairs." 

234. — The Same Gentleman crossing the 
water in a ferry-boat at Datchet, the good man 
of the ferry being from home, his wife did his 
office, and not putting in the boat just at the 
landing place, Mr. Amner at his landing sunk 






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into the mud over his shoes, and going a little 
farther he met with a friend, who asked, how he 
came so dirty ; " 'Fore God," replied Mr. Amner, 
" no man was ever so abused as I have been, for, 
coming over Datchet Ferry, a scurvy woman 
waterman put over the boat, and landed me clean 
in the mire." 

235. — In Flanders, a tyler accidentally fell 
from the top of a house, upon a Spaniard, and 
killed him, though he escaped himself. The next 
of the blood prosecuted his death with great 
violence against the tyler; and when he was of- 
fered pecuniary recompense, nothing would serve 
him but Lex Talionis. Whereupon the judge 
said unto him, That if he did urge that kind of 
sentence, it must be, that he should go up to 
the top of the same house, and from thence fall 
down upon the tyler. 

236. — A Young Italian Gentleman being 
led by curiosity into Holland, where having lived 
some time conversing with the most ingenious, 
was one day set upon by a Protestant minister, 
who would needs engage him in a controversy 
about religion. The young gentleman, knowing 
himself too weak for the encounter, begged his 
diversion, and endeavoured to 'wave the discourse ; 
but the more he avoided it, the more hotly was 
he pressed by the minister ; whereupon the young 
Italian, in a very great passion, conjured him 
by all that is good, to let him alone in peace with 
his religion ; " For," said he, " I cannot embrace 

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yours, and if you make me lose my own, I will 
never make choice of any other." 

237. — A Certain Duchess, in a late reign, 
hearing that a man in a high office, which gave 
him an opportunity of handling much cash, had 
married his kept mistress ; " Good Lord," said 
she, " that old fellow is always robbing the 
public." 

238. — Queen Elizabeth being much enraged 
against Dr. Hayward, author of the Life of 
Henry the Fourth, had ordered her law officers 
to proceed against him; and, amongst others, 
inquired of Bacon, if there was not treason in 
the book? the witty lawyer readily answered — 
" No, madam, I cannot answer for there being 
treason in it, but I am certain it contains much 
felony." — " How," eagerly exclaimed her ma- 
jesty, " how r , and wherein? " — " In many pas- 
sages," replied he, "which he has* stolen from 
Tacitus." 

239. — Dr. Hickringae, who w T as one of King 
Charles the Second's chaplains, whenever he 
preached before his Majesty, was sure to tell him 
of his faults, and to scold him from the pulpit 
very severely. One day his majesty walking in 
the Mall, observed the doctor beside him, and sent 
to speak to him : when he came, " Doctor," says 
the king, " what have I done to you that you are 
always quarrelling with me? " — " I hope your 
majesty is not angry with me," quoth the doctor, 
" for telling the truth."—" No, no," says the 




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kino-, " but I would have us for the future be 
friends."—" Well, well," quoth the doctor, " I 
will make it up with your majesty on these terms, 
as you mend I'll mend." 

240. — Tom Clarke of St. John's desired a 
Fellow of the same college to lend him Bishop 
Burnet's History of the Reformation ; the other 
told him, he could not spare it out of his chamber, 
but if he pleased, he might come there and read 
in it all day long: some time after the same gen- 
tleman sends to Tom to borrow his bellows ; Tom 
sent him word, that he could not possibly spare 
them out of his chamber, but he might come there 
and use them all day long if he would. 

241. — A Brave Dutch Captain being com- 
manded by his colonel to go on a dangerous ex- 
ploit against the French, with forces that were 
unlikely to achieve the enterprise, the captain 
advised his colonel to send but half so many men : 
" Why so? " said the colonel, " to send but half 
so many men? " — " Because," replied the cap- 
tain, " they are enough to be knocked on the 
head." 

242. — King Charles II. on a certain time 
paying a visit to Dr. Busby, the Doctor is said 
to have strutted through his school with his hat 
upon his head, while his Majesty w T alked com- 
plaisantly behind him, with his hat under his 
arm; but, when he was taking his leave at the 
door, the Doctor, with great humility, thus ad- 
dressed himself: " Sir, I hope your Majesty will 



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excuse my want of respect hitherto; but if my 
boys were to imagine there was a greater man 
in the kingdom than myself, I should never be 
able to rule them." 

243. — Oxe of Kixg James the First's chap- 
lains preaching before the court at Whitehall, 
made use of the following quibbles in his dis- 
course. Speaking of the depravity of the age, 
" almost all houses," he said, " were made ale- 
houses ; that men made matrimony a matter of 
money ; and placed their paradise in a pair of 
dice: Was it so in the days of Noah? Ah, 
no." 

244. — Several Press-gangs infesting the 
streets of the city and suburbs, one of which 
giving umbrage to a merry punster, who had 
just staggered from a tavern, into the middle of 
them : he said pleasantly enough, " God bless his 
majesty's arms ! But, as to the supporters, they 
are beasts." 

245. — Mr. Prior, when ambassador, being at 
one of the French operas at Paris, and seated in 
a box with a nobleman he was free with, who, 
as usual in France, sung louder than the per- 
former, burst into bitter invectives against the 
last ; upon which his lordship gave over, to in- 
quire the reason, adding, that the person he ex- 
claimed against so fiercely, was one of the finest 
voices they had. " Yes," replies his excellency, 
" but he makes such a horrid noise, that I can't 
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246. — A Living of 5001. per annum falling in 
the gift of the late Lord Chancellor Talbot, Sir 
Robert Walpole recommended one of his friends 
as very deserving of the benefice, whom his lord- 
ship approved of. In the interim, the curate, 
who had served the last incumbent many years 
for poor SOI. per annum, came up with a peti- 
tion, signed by many of the inhabitants, testify- 
ing his good behaviour, setting forth, that he 
had a wife and seven children to maintain, and 
begging his lordship would stand his friend, that 
he might be continued in his curacy ; and, in 
consideration of his large family, if he could 
prevail with the next incumbent to add 101. a 
year, he should for ever pray. His lordship, ac- 
cording to his usual goodness, promised to use 
his utmost endeavours to serve him ; and the rev- 
erend gentleman, for whom the living was de- 
signed, coming soon after to pay his respects, 
my lord told him the affair of the curate, with 
this difference only, that he should allow him 60/. 
a year instead of SOI. The parson, in some con- 
fusion, replied, He was sorry that he could not 
grant his request, for that he had promised the 
curacy to another, and could not go back from 
his word. " How ! " says my lord, " have you 
promised the curacy, before you were possessed 
of the living? Well, to keep your word with 
your friend, if you please, I'll give him the cur- 
acy, but the living, I assure you, I'll give to 
another : " and saying this he left him. The 
next day the poor curate coming to know his 




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destiny, my lord told him, that he had used his 
endeavours to serve him as to the curacy, but 
with no success, the reverend gentleman having 
disposed of it before. The curate, with a deep 
sigh, returned his lordship thanks for his good- 
ness, and was going to withdraw ; when my lord 
calling him back, said, with a smile, " Well, my 
friend, 'tis true, I have it not in my power to 
give you the curacy ; but if you will accept of 
the living, 'tis at your service." The curate al- 
most surprised to death with joy, in the most 
moving expressions of gratitude, returned his 
lordship thanks, whose goodness had in a mo- 
ment raised him and his family from a necessitous 
condition, to a comfortable state of life. 

247. — The Said Noble Lord, when he was 

under the tuition of the Reverend , who 

used to call him his little chancellor, one day re- 
plied, that when he was so, he would give him a 
good living. One happening to fall soon after 
he was chancellor, he recollected his promise, and 
ordered the presentation to be filled up for his 
old master, who soon after came to his lordship, 
to remind him of his promise, and to ask him for 
this living. " Why really," said my lord, " I 
wish you had come a day sooner, but I have given 
it away already; and when you see to whom, I 
dare say you will not think me to blame." So 
putting the presentation into his hands, he 
convinced him that he had not forgot his 
promise. 



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248. — King Charles II., after the Restor-* 
ation, told Waller the poet, that he had made 
better verses, and said finer things of Cromwell 
than of him. " That may very well be,'.' replied 
Waller, " for poets generally succeed better in 
fiction than in truth." 

249. — An Honest Highlander, walking 
along Holborn, heard a voice cry, " Rogue, Scot ; 
Rogue, Scot : " his northern blood fired at the 
insult; he drew his broad sword, looking round 
him on every side, to discover the object of his 
indignation ; at last he found that it came from 
a parrot, perched in a balcony within his reach; 
but the generous Scot, disdaining to stain his 
trusty blade with such ignoble blood, put up 
his sword again, with a sour smile, saying, " Gin 
ye were a man, as ye're a green geuse, I would 
split your weem." 

250. — A Ploughman seeing the Archbishop 
of Cologne go by, attended by a great many 
soldiers, laughed ; the archbishop pressed him to 
know the reason : " It is because I wonder," said 
the ploughman, " to see an archbishop armed, 
and followed, not by churchmen, but by soldiers, 
like a general of an army." — " Friend," replied 
the archbishop, " in my church I perform the 
part of an archbishop with my clergy ; but in 
the field I march like a duke, accompanied by my 
soldiers." — " I understand you, my lord," an- 
swered the peasant : " but pray tell me, when my 



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tord duke goes to the devil, what will then be- 
come of my lord archbishop? " 

251. — In a Visit Queen Elizabeth made to Sir 
Nicholas Bacon, at a small country-seat, which 
he had built for himself before his preferment; 
she asked him, how it came that he had made 
himself so small a house? " It is not I, Madam," 
answered he, " who have made my house too small 
for myself, but your majesty, who have made me 
too big for my house." 

252. — It Was a Fixe Saying of my Lord 
Russell, who was beheaded in the reign of King 
Charles II. when on the scaffold, he delivered 
his watch to Dr. Gilbert Burnet, afterwards 
bishop of Salisbury : " Here, Sir," said he, " take 
this, it shows time ; I am going into eternity, and 
shall have no longer any need of it." 

253. — Ax Ordinary Couxtry Fellow being 
called as an evidence in a court of judicature, in 
a cause where the terms of mortgager and mort- 
gagee were frequently used, the judge asked the 
countryman if he knew the difference between 
the mortgager and the mortgagee: " Yes," said 
he, " it is the same as between the nodder and 
noddee." — "How is that?" replied the judge. 
— " Why, you sit there, my lord," said the clown, 
" and I nod at you ; then I am the nodder, and 
your lordship is the noddee." 

254. — Queen Elizabeth having taken notice 
of the Duke de Villa Medina's gallant behaviour 
at a tournament, told him one day, that she 






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would absolutely know who his mistress was : Villa 
Medina excused himself awhile, but at last yield- 
ing to her curiosity, he promised to send her her 
picture. The next morning he sent her majesty 
a packet; wherein the queen finding nothing but 
a small looking-glass, presently understood the 
Spaniard's meaning. It must needs be confessed,, 
that this was a very ingenious contrivance ; and 
there's no question, but this great and witty 
princess, who was so well pleased to be accounted 
beautiful, was well enough satisfied with this 
dumb declaration of love. 

255.— A Dyer, in a court of justice, being 
ordered to hold up his hand, that was all black ; 
" Take off your glove, friend," said the judge 
to him. — " Put on your spectacles, my lord," 
answered the dyer. 

256. — A Certain Captain, who had made a 
greater figure than his fortune could well bear, 
and the regiment not being paid as was ex- 
pected, was forced to put off a great part of 
his equipage ; a few days after, as he was walk- 
ing by the road-side, he saw one of his soldiers 
sitting lousing himself under a hedge : " What 
are you doing there, Tom ; " said the officer. — 
" Why, faith, Sir," answered the soldier, " I am 
following your example, getting rid of part of 
my retinue." 

257. — Admiral Chatillon being on a holi- 
day gone to hear mass in the Dominican Friars' 
chapel, a poor fellow begged his charity, just 



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as he was most intent on his devotions. He felt 
in his pocket, and gave him several pieces of 
gold, without counting them, or minding what 
they were. The considerable alms so dazzled the 
beggar's eyes, that he was amazed at it. As M. 
Chatillon was going out of the churchdoor, where 
the poor man waited for him ; " Sir," said he, 
showing him what he had given him, " I cannot 
tell whether you intended to give me so large a 
sum ; if not, I am very ready to return it." The 
admiral, wondering at the honesty of the man, 
said, " I did not, indeed, honest man, intend to 
have given you so much ; but, since you have the 
generosity to offer to return it, I will have the 
generosity to desire you to keep it, and there 
are five pieces more for you." 

258. — A Gascon Officer, who had served 
under Henry IV. king of France, and not having 
received any pay for a considerable time, came 
to the king, and confidently said to him, " Sir, 
three words with your majesty, Money or dis- 
charge." — " Four with you," answered his ma- 
jesty, " Neither one, nor t'other." 

259. — A Certain Italian having wrote a 
book upon the Art of making Gold, dedicated 
it to Pope Leo X. in hopes of a good reward. 
His holiness finding the man constantly followed 
him, at length gave him a large empty purse, 
saying, " Sir, since you know how to make gold, 
you can have no need of any thing but a purse 
to put it in." 



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260. — A Countryman seeing a lady in the 
street in a very odd dress, as he thought, begged 
her to be pleased to tell him what she called it. 
The lady, a little surprised at the question, called 
him an impertinent fellow. " Nay, I hope no 
offence, madam," cried Hodge, " I am a poor 
countryman, just going out of town, and my wife 
always expects I should bring her an account of 
the newest fashion, which occasioned my inquir- 
ing what you call this that you wear." — " It is 
a sack," said she, in a great pet. — " I have 
heard," replied the countryman, (heartily nettled 
at her behaviour) " of a pig in a poke, but 
never saw a sow in a sack before." 

261. — Of all the disinterested professors I 
have ever heard of, I take the Boatswain of 
Dampier's ship to be the most impudent, but the 
most excusable. You are to know, that in the 
wild researches that navigator was making, they 
happened to be out at sea, far distant from any 
shore, in want of all the necessaries of life ; in- 
somuch, that they began to look, not without 
hunger, on each other. The boatswain was a 
fat, healthy, fresh fellow, and attracted the eyes 
of the whole crew. In such an extreme necessity, 
all forms of superiority were laid aside. The 
captain and lieutenant were safe only by being 
carrion ; and the unhappy boatswain in danger 
only by being worth eating. To be short, the 
company were unanimous, and the boatswain 
must be cut up. He saw their intention, and 
desired he might speak a few words before they 



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proceeded ; which being permitted, he delivered 
himself as follows : " Gentlemen sailors, far be 
it that I should speak it for any private interest 
of my own, but I take it, that I should not die 
with a good conscience, if I did not confess to 
you that I am not sound. I say, gentlemen, jus- 
tice, and the testimony of a good conscience, as 
well as love of my country, to which I hope you 
will all return, oblige me to own, that black 
Kate of Deptford has made me very unfit to 
eat ; and I speak it with shame, I am afraid, gen- 
tlemen, I shall poison you." — The speech had a 
good effect in the boatswain's favour ; but the 
surgeon of the ship protested he had cured him 
very well, and offered to eat the first steak him- 
self. The boatswain replied, (like an orator, 
with a true notion of the people, and in hopes 
to gain time) that he was heartily glad if he 
could be for their service, and thanked the sur- 
geon for his information : " However," said he, 
" I must inform you for your own good, that I 
have ever since my cure, been very thirsty and 
dropsical ; therefore I presume it will be much 
better to tap me, and drink me off, than eat 
me at once, and have no man in the ship fit to 
be drank afterwards." As he was going on with 
his harangue, a fresh gale arose, and gave the 
crew hopes of a better repast at the nearest shore, 
to which they arrived next morning. 

262. — A Proud Parson, and his man, riding 
over a common, saw a shepherd tending his flock, 
and having a new coat on, the parson asked him, 



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in a haughty tone, who gave him that coat ; " the 
same," said the shepherd, " that clothed you — the 
parish." The parson, nettled at this, rode on, 
murmuring, a little way, and then bade his man 
go back, and ask the shepherd if he'd come and 
live with him, for he wanted a fool. The man 
going accordingly to the shepherd, delivered his 
master's message, and concluded, as he was or- 
dered, that his master wanted a fool. " Why, 
are you going away then," said the shepherd. 
" No," answered the other. " Then you may tell 
your master," replied the shepherd, " his living 
can't maintain three of us." 

263. — A Nobleman having presented King 
Charles II. with a fine horse, his majesty bade 
Killigrew, who was present, tell him his age, 
whereupon Killigrew goes and examines the tail : 
" What are you doing? " said the king, " this 
is not the place to find out his age." — " O ! Sir," 
said Killigrew, " your majesty knows one should 
never look a gift horse in the mouth." 

264. — A Young Man, who was a very great 
talker, making a bargain with Isocrates to be 
taught by him; Isocrates asked double the price 
that his other scholars gave him ; " and the rea- 
son," said he, " is, that I must teach thee two 
sciences, one to speak, and the other to hold thy 
tongue." 

265. — A Scholar of Dr. Busby's coming 
into a parlour where the doctor had laid down a 
fine bunch of grapes for his own eating, takes it 



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up, and says aloud, " I publish the banns be- 
tween these grapes and my mouth; if anyone 
knows any just cause or impediment why these 
two should not be joined together, let them de- 
clare it." The doctor being but in the next 
room, overheard all that was said, and coming 
into the school, he ordered the boy who had eaten 
his grapes to be taken up, or, as they called it, 
horsed on another boy's back, but before he pro- 
ceeded to the usual discipline, he cried out aloud, 
as the delinquent had done ; " I publish the 
banns between my rod and this boy's breech, if 
anyone knows anj^ just cause or impediment why 
these two should not be joined together, let them 
declare it." — " I forbid the banns," cried the 
boy. " Why so? " said the doctor. " Because 
the parties are not agreed," replied the boy. 
Which answer so pleased the doctor, who loved 
to find any readiness of wit in his scholars, that 
he ordered the boy to be set down. 

266. — Some Gentlemen being at a tavern 
together, for want of better diversion, one pro- 
posed play : " But," said another of the com- 
pany, " I have fourteen good reasons against 
gaming." — " What are those? " said another. — 
" In the first place," answered he, " I have no 
money."—" Oh ! " said the first, " if you had 
four hundred reasons, }^ou need not name an- 
other." 

267. — A Young Feleow, not quite so wise as 
Solomon, eating some Cheshire cheese full of 






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mites, one night at the tavern, " Now," said he, 
" have I done as much as Samson, for I have 
slain my thousands and my ten thousands." — 
" Yes," answered one of the company, " and with 
the same weapon too, the jawbone of an ass." 

268. — When the late Duke of went over 

lord-lieutenant of Ireland, he took an excellent 
man cook over with him, but they had not been 
there above a month, than, finding his grace 
kept a very scurvy house, he gave him warning. 
" What's the reason," said the duke, " that you 
have a mind to leave me? " — " Why, if I con- 
tinue with your excellency much longer," an- 
swered the cook, " I shall quite forget my 
trade." 

269. — Poor Joe Miller going one day along 
the Strand, an impudent Derby captain came 
swaggering up to him, and thrust between him 
and the wall. " I don't use to give the wall," 
said he, " to every jackanapes." — " But I do," 
said Joe, and so made way for him. 

270. — A Certain Officer in the Guards tell- 
ing one night, in company with Joe Miller, of 
several wonderful things he had seen abroad, 
among the rest he told the company, he had seen 
a pike caught that was six feet long. " That's 
a trifle," said Joe, " I have seen a half pike, in 
England, longer by a foot, and yet not worth 
two-pence." 

271. — A Gentleman having a servant with a 
very thick skull, used often to call him the king 



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of fools. " I wish," said the fellow one day, 
" you could make your words good, I should 
then be the greatest monarch in the world." 

272. — A Lawyer being sick, made his last 
will, and gave all his estate to fools and mad- 
men: being asked the reason for so doing; 
" From such," said he, " I had it, and to such 
I give it again." 

273. — A Thief being brought to Tyburn to 
be executed, the ordinary of Newgate, in taking 
his last confession, asked him if he was not sorry 
for having committed the robbery for which he 
was going- to suffer? The criminal answered, 
" Yes, but that he was more sorry for not having 
stole enough to bribe the jury." 

274. — A Certain Poor Unfortunate Gen- 
tleman was so often pulled by the sleeve by the 
bailiffs, that he was in continual apprehension 
of them, and going one day through Tavistock 
Street, his coat sleeve, as he was swinging it 
along in a hurry, happened to hitch upon the 
iron spike of one of the rails ; whereupon he im- 
mediately turned about, in a great surprise, and 
cried out, " At whose suit, Sir? at whose suit? " 

275. — Jemmy Spieler, another of the jocose 
comedians, going one day through Rag-Fair, 
a place where they sell second-hand goods, cheap- 
ened a leg of mutton, he saw hang up there, at 
a butcher's stall. The butcher told him it was 
a groat a pound. " Are you not an unconscion- 
able fellow," said Spillcr, " to ask such a price, 



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when one may buy a new one for that in Clare 
Market." 

276. — A Soldier in the late wars, a little be- 
fore an engagement, found a horse-shoe, and 
stuck it in his girdle; shortly after, in the heat 
of the action, a bullet came and hit him upon 
that part. "Well," said he, "I find a little 
armour will serve a turn, if it be but put in the 
right place." 

277. — A Late Archbishop having promised 
one of his chaplains, who was a favourite, the 
first good living in his gift, that he should like, 
and think worthy his acceptance: soon after 
hearing of the death of an old rector, whose par- 
sonage was worth about 300L a year, sent his 
chaplain to the place to see how he liked it; the 
doctor, when he came back again, thanked his 
grace for the offer he had made him; but said, 
he had met with such an account of the country, 
and the neighbourhood, as was not at all agree- 
able to him, and therefore should be glad, if his 
grace pleased, to wait till something else fell: 
another vacancy not long after happening, the 
archbishop sent him also to view that; but he 
returned as before, not satisfied with it, which 
did not much please his grace: a third living 
much better than either of the other becoming 
vacant, as he was told, the chaplain was again 
sent to take a view of that; and when he came 
back, " Well, now," said my lord, " how do you 
like this living? What objection can you have 



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to this?" — "I like the country very well, my 
lord," answered he, " and the house, the income, 

and the neighbourhood, but ." " But! " 

replied the archbishop, " what but can there be 
then? " " But, my lord," said he, " the old in- 
cumbent is not dead, I found him smoking his 
pipe at the gate of his house." 

278. — Two City Ladies meeting at a visit, 
one a grocer's wife, and the other a cheese- 
monger's (who perhaps stood more upon the 
punctilio of precedence, than some of their bet- 
ters would have done at the court end of the 
town),, when they had risen up and took their 
leaves, the cheesemonger's wife was going out 
of the room first, upon which the grocer's lady, 
pulling her back by the tail of her gown, and 
stepping before her, " No, Madam," said she, 
" nothing comes after cheese." 

279. — Young Griffith Lloyd of the county 
of Cardigan, being sent to Jesus-College in the 
University of Oxford, where he was looked upon 
as an errant-dunce, had a calf-skin waistcoat, 
tann'd with the hair on, and trimm'd with a 
broad gold-lace, and gold buttons. One of the 
Oxonians, an eminent punster, said, that Griffith 
was like a dull book, bound in calf-skin and gilt, 
but very ill lettered. 

280. — The Famous Tony Lee, a player in 
King Charles the Second's reign, being killed 
in a tragedy, having a violent cold, could not 
forbear, coughing as he lay dead upon the stage, 



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which occasioning a good deal of laughing and 

noise in the house, he lifted up his head, and 
speaking to the audience, said, " This makes 
good what my poor mother used to tell me ; for 
she would often say that / should cough in my 
grave, because I used to drink in my Porridge.'' 
This set the house in such good humour, that it 
produced a thundering clap, and made everyone 
very readily pardon the solecism he had before 
committed. 

281.— Tom S , the organist of St. M , 

being reckoned to have a fine finger, drew many 
people to hear him, whom he would oftentimes 
entertain with a voluntary after evening service, 
and his auditory seeming one day greatly de- 
lighted with his performance, after the church 
was cleared, " Adad, Sir," said his organ-blower, 
" I think we did rarely to-day." — " We, sirrah," 
said Tom. — " Ay, we, to be sure," answered the 
other :" What would you have done without me?" 
The next Sunday Tom sitting down to play, 
could not make his organ speak, whereupon call- 
ing to the bellows-blower, asked him what he 
meant? Why he did not blow? " Shall it be 
we then ? " said the other. Which Tom was forced 
to consent to, or there had been no music. 

282. — A Certain French Gentleman, hav- 
ing been but a very little while in England, was 
invited to a friend's house, where a large bowl 
of punch was made, a liquor he had never seen 
before, and which did not at all agree with him ; 



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but having forgot the name of it, he asked a 
person the next day, " What dey call a dat 
liqueur in England, which is all de contradiction ; 
where is de brandy to make it strong, and de 
vater to make it small, de sugre to make it sweet, 
and de lemons to make it sower? " — " Punch," 
answered the other, " I suppose you mean." — ■ 
" Ay, Ponche, begar," cried Monsieur, " it al- 
most ponche my brain out last night." 

283. — A Philosopher being blamed by a 
standerby, for defending an argument weakly 
against the Emperor Adrian, replied, " What, 
would you have me contend with a man that com- 
mands thirty legions of soldiers." 

284. — Bishop Latimer preaching at court, 
said, that it was reported the king was poor, 
and that they were seeking ways and means to 
make him rich ; but he added, " For my part, I 
think the best way to make the king rich, is to 
give him a good post, or office, for all his officers 
are rich." 

285. — Zelim, the first of the Ottoman em- 
perors that shaved his beard, his predecessors 
having always worn it long, being asked by one 
of his bashaws, why he altered the custom of his 
predecessors? answered, "Because you bashaws 
shall not lead me by the beard as you did them." 

286. — It Being Toed Antigonus, in order to 
intimidate him, as he marched to the field of 
battle, that the enemy would shoot such volleys 
of arrows as would intercept the light of the 



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sun : " I am glad of it," replied he, " for it being 
very hot, we shall then fight in the shade." 

287. — An Irish Gentleman gave orders for 
a pair of boots ; and when his measure was taken, 
he observed to the boot-maker, that as one of 
his legs was bigger than the other, the boots 
must be made accordingly ; when they were 
brought home he put the big boot on the small 
leg, and after trying in vain the small boot on 
the big leg, he exclaimed, " Oh, you thief of 
the world, I ordered you to make one boot bigger 
than the other, and instead of this you have made 
one smaller than the other." 

288. — Sir John Stuart Hamilton, a man 
of great pleasantry, w T as colonel of the carabineer 
regiment, composed of his countrymen, in the 
German war; and one morning, when the allied 
troops were drawn out against the enemy in 
order of battle, the carabineers w r ith some other 
cavalry corps were posted upon the right wing, 
opposite to a strong body of French hussars at 
a considerable distance upon the enemy's left. 
The commanders of the corps associated with 
those of Sir John, advanced in the front of their 
regiments, were haranguing their men to con- 
ciliate all piques against their officers, and ex- 
horting them to coolness, valour, and strict dis- 
cipline, for the honour of their country in the 
approaching engagement. When they had fin- 
ished their speeches, Sir John advanced in the 
front of his own regiment, and addressed them 



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with, " Good-morrow, my lads, how stand your 
stomachs for fighting this morning? " — " Keen 
enough, colonel," answered several of the brave 
fellows. — " Then I can tell you, my lads, for 
your comfort, that you'll have a belly-full of it 
before night. But hark ye ! I see it is the 
fashion to make fine speeches here ; I think few 
words amongst friends are best. Do you see 
them fellows yonder? " pointing to the French 
cavalry. — " We do," answered the soldiers. — 
" Then," said the commander, " I have only to 
tell you, that if you don't kill them, they'll kill 
you : so a word to the wise is enough." The gal- 
lant regiment took the hint, and covered them- 
selves with glory during the action. 

289. — Sir John, who had severely suffered in 
person and circumstances from the persecutions 
of the law, used to say, that an attorney was 
like a hedge-hog, for it was impossible to touch 
him anywhere without pricking one's fingers. 

290. — The Same Witty Baronet, lounging 
one day in Dalby's chocolate-house, when, after 
a long drought, there fell a torrent of rain : a 
country gentleman observed, " This is a most de- 
lightful rain : I hope it will bring up everything 
out of the ground." — " By Jove, Sir," said Sir 
John, " I hope not ; for I have sowed three wives 
in it, and I should be very sorry to see them 
come up again." 

291. — Sir John being balloted on an elec- 
tion committee, was a good deal embarrassed, 



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sitting day after day, without any prospect of 
a termination, as the counsel on both sides 
wrangled upon every tittle of evidence, and dis- 
puted upon points of law that were continually 
arising. At length the baronet addressed the 
counsel, " Gentlemen, I've got such a dose of 
law that I am completely surfeited. Can't you 
go through the evidence, and reserve those law 
points for some wet day, when we may hear you 
argue them fairly." — " For the honour of the 
profession," answered Counsellor Hockett, " God 
forbid, Sir John, that there was any point could 
arise on which two lawyers would not agree in 
opinion." 

293. — A Lady observing in company, how 
glorious and useful a body the sun was, — " Why, 
yes, madam," said an Irish gentleman present, 
" the sun is a very fine body, to be sure ; but, 
in my opinion, the moon is much more usef ul ; 
for the moon affords us light in the night-time, 
when we really want it ; whereas we have the 
sun with us in the day-time, when w r e have no oc- 
casion for it." 

293. — Shortly after the last memorable vic- 
tory of Lord Rodney, on the 12th of April, 1782, 
the following British bulls in a London newspa- 
per, excited considerable mirth amongst the wags 
in Ireland, who observed, that although the Eng- 
lish are great bunglers in making bulls for Irish- 
men, they are sometimes good hands at making 
blunders of their own. The Ville de Paris, of 



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110 guns, taken in Lord Rodney's engagement 
with the French, on the 12th of April, and lost 
in coming home from the West Indies, is to be 
rebuilt at Chatham, and the Foudroyant, of 80 
guns, broken up last year, is to be rebuilt 
at Plymouth, in order to perpetuate their 
names. 

29-L — A Judge, on passing sentence of death 
upon an Irishman, said as usual, " I have nothing 
now to do but to pass the dreadful sentence of 
the law upon you." — " Oh, don't trouble your- 
self on my account," interrupted Pat. — " I must 
do nry duty," resumed the judge. " You must 
go from hence to the place of execution, where 
you are to be hanged by }T>ur neck till you are 
dead : and the Lord have mercy on your soul ! " 
— " I am much obliged to you," says the pris- 
oner, " but I never heard of anyone thriving 
after your prayers.'" 

295. — Ax Irish Officer, after having read 
the accounts of Bonaparte's death, said, " This 
rebel thief has had as many lives as one Plutarch 
that I read when I was at school ; and has cost 
the gipsies as man} r floggings as Plutarch cost 
me." 

296. — A Quaker, that was a barber, being 
sued by the parson for tithes, Yea and Nay went 
to him, and demanded the reason why he troubled 
him, as he had never any dealing with him in his 
whole life ; " Why," sa}'s the parson, " it is for 
tithes."—" For tithes," says the quaker, " I 



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pr'ythee friend upon what account? " — " Why," 
says the parson, " for preaching in the church." 
— " Alas, then," replied the quaker, " I have 
nothing to pay thee; for I come not there." — 
" Oh, but you might," says the parson, " for the 
doors are always open at convenient times ; " and 
thereupon said he would be paid, seeing it was 
his due. Yea and Nay hereupon shook his head, 
and making several wry faces, departed, and im- 
mediately entered his action (it being a corpora- 
tion town) against the parson for forty shillings. 
The parson, upon notice of this, came to him, 
and very hotly demanded, why he put such dis- 
grace upon him ; and for what he owed him the 
money? " Truly, friend," replied the quaker, 
" for trimming." — " For trimming? " said the 
parson, " why I was never trimmed by you in my 
life." — " Oh ! but thou mightest have come and 
been trimmed, if thou hadst pleased, for my doors 
are always open at convenient times, as well as 
thine." 

297. — Specimen of Cockney diction, tran- 
scribed from the original, stuck up in a window 
on Ludgate Hill, in 1789: 

" To be seen hear, the 20 third of this month, 
the King, and his Crown, and Dig Nighty, in a 
percession to Sint Pals' Church. — Front Parlore, 
9s. 6d. dining rome, 5s. two pare stares, 4s. gar- 
ret, 1 s. gutter, 6d. N. B. I vont heve no more 
nor ten in the gutter, nor no money returned in 
case as how it rains." 



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298. — Sir Toby Butler the famed Irish bar- 
rister, once invited Sir Charles Coote to dinner; 
he knew that his guest valued himself on a long 
list of ancestry, in which Sir Toby could have 
rivalled him if he had not prized himself on his 
own merit. At dinner Sir Toby used to cry out, 
" Tell my cousin Pat the butler, tell my cousin 
Oonah the cook, tell my cousin Terry the groom, 
such and such a thing." — " What," said Sir 
Charles, in a degree of surprise, " I find that all 
your servants are your relations." — " To be 
sure," said the knight, " is it not more praise- 
worthy to retain my own relations for servants 
than to keep yours ! " 

299. — Doctor Kir wan, the celebrated Irish 
chemist, having one day at dinner with him a 
party of friends, was descanting upon the anti- 
septic qualities of charcoal, and added, that if 
a quantity of pulverised charcoal were boiled to- 
gether with tainted meat, it would remove all 
symptoms of putrescence, and render it per- 
fectly sweet. Shortly afterwards, the doctor 
helped a gentleman to a slice of boiled leg of 
mutton, which was so far advanced in the haut- 
gout as to shed an odour not very agreeable to 
the noses of the company. The gentleman re- 
peatedly turned it upon his plate, without ven- 
turing to taste it ; and the doctor observing him 
said, " Sir, perhaps you don't like mutton? " — 
" O yes, Doctor," he replied, " I am very fond of 
mutton, but I do not think the cook has boiled 
charcoal enough with it." 



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300. — Doctor Lucas, the celebrated Irish 
patriot, having, after a very sharp contest, car- 
ried the election as a representative in parlia- 
ment for the city of Dublin, was met, a few days 
after, by a lady whose whole family were very 
warm in the interest of the unsuccessful candi- 
date ; " Well, doctor," said she, " I find you have 
gained the election." — " Yes, madam." — " No 
wonder, sir, all the blackguards voted for you." 
— " No, madam, your two sons did not," replied 
the doctor. 

301. — A Mr. Gaynor, eminent for his good 
humour and pleasantry, was invited to dine on 
a Friday with a Catholic friend, and the table 
was as usual on that day, covered exclusively with 
fish. Gaynor, who was particularly fond of 
haddock, seated himself near a very large one, 
but soon received intelligence, through the 
medium of his nose, that it was not too fresh. 
He put down his mouth to the head of the fish, 
and anon returned his ear to the same place, as 
if he was conversing with it. The lady of the 
house asked him what he wished, or was there 
anything particular? " Nothing, madam," said 
he, " but I was asking this haddock if he knew 
anything of my poor friend, Captain Murphy, 
who was drowned off the harbour last Monday ; 
but he tells me, that he knows nothing of the mat- 
ter, for he hasn't been to sea these three weeks." 

302. — Dr. O'Connor, in his History of Po- 
land, says that the Irish are long-lived ; that some 



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of them attain to the age of a hundred : " In 
short," adds the doctor, " they live as long as 
they can." 

303. — Lord Tykawley, a little before his 
death, was visited by several Englishmen, who 
came under a pretence of friendly inquiries after 
his health, but in reality to see if he was dying, 
that they might apply for his employments. The 
old general, seeing clearly their motives, said 
to some of them, " Gentlemen, I know well your 
reasons for being so solicitous after my health. 
I have but two things worth having, my regi- 
ment and my girl, neither of which will fall to 
your lot; I'll tell you how they will be disposed 
of; a Scotchman will get the one, and an Irish- 
man the other." 

304. — Deaf, giddy, helpless, left alone, 

To all my friends a burthen grown, 
No more I hear my church's bell, 
Thau if it rang out for my knell; 
At thunder now no more I start, 
Than at the rumbling of a cart: 
Nay, what's incredible, alack! 
I hardly hear a woman's clack. 

305. — Anthony Pasquin one day leaning 
over the Margate Pier, after a tremendous storm 
on the preceding night, " You have had a blus- 
tering night of it," said he, to an Irish sailor, 
who stood near him, " but after a storm comes 
a calm." — " By my sowl, and so it ought," says 
Pat, " for the winds and waves had a hard 
night's bout of it, and it's time for them to rest 
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306. — An Irishman, speaking of the rapacity 

of the clergy in 'exacting their tithes, said, " By 
Jasns, let a fanner be ever so poor, they won't 
fail to make him pay their full tenths, whether 
he can or not ; nay, they would instead of a tenth 
take a twentieth, if the law permitted them." 

307.— Mr. St. Leger, the father of the gal- 
lant general, was a very strong man, but re- 
markably foppish in his dress. One morning, 
walking along in his red slippers, he was pass- 
ing by a mud cart, when the scavenger called out 
jeeringly, " Smoke Mr. Redheels ! " Mr. St. 
Leger went up to him, and, taking hold of him 
by the waistband of his breeches, flung him into 
the cart, and then walked on with the greatest 
coolness. 

308. — During the late siege of Gibraltar, in 
the absence of the fleet, and when an attack was 
daily expected, one dark night, a sentinel, whose 
post was near a tower facing the Spanish lines, 
was standing at the end of his walk, whistling; 
looking towards them, his head filled with nothing 
but fire and sword, miners, breaching, storming, 
and bloodshed ! By the side of the box stood a 
deep narrow r -necked earthen jug, in which was 
the remainder of his supper, consisting of boiled 
pease. A large monkey, (of which there are 
plenty at the top of the rock), encouraged by 
the man's absence, and allured by the smell of 
the pease, ventured to the jug; and, in en- 
deavouring to get at its contents, thrust his 



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neck so far into the jug, as to be unable to 
withdraw it. At this instant, the soldier ap- 
proaching, the monkey started up to escape, 
with the jug on his head. This terrible monster 
no sooner saluted the eyes of the sentry, than his 
frantic imagination converted poor pug into a 
fine blood-thirsty Spanish grenadier, with a most 
tremendous cap on his head. Full of this dread- 
ful idea, he instantly fired his piece, roaring out 
that the enemy had scaled the walls. The guards 
took the alarm ; the drums were beat ; signal- 
guns fired : and in less than ten minutes, the gov- 
ernor and his whole garrison were under arms. 
The supposed grenadier, being very much in- 
commoded by his cap, and almost blinded by 
the pease, was soon overtaken and seized ; and by 
this capture, the tranquillity of the garrison was 
soon restored, without that slaughter and blood- 
shed which every man had prognosticated in the 
beginning of this direful alarm. 

309. — Daniel Purcell, who was an Hiber- 
nian and a nonjuror, was telling a friend, when 
King George the First landed at Greenwich, that 
he had a full view of him : " Then," said his 
friend, " you know him by sight." — " Yes," re- 
plied Daniel, " I think I know him, but I can't 
swear to him." 

310. — An Irish Sailor having fallen from 
the mizzen-top of one of our ships, was supposed 
by everyone on the quarter-deck to have been 
killed by the fall: the poor fellow, however, got 



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up, apparently but little hurt. The first lieu- 
tenant, who was near him, inquired where he 
came from. " Please your honour," replied 
Paddy, all the while rubbing his arm, " I came 
from the north of Ireland." 

311. — Blind Peter, the Dublin shoe-black, 
was one day summoned as a witness in a case of 
murder, before the criminal court, and was, as 
usual, primed with whiskey. One of his com- 
panions had mortally wounded a carman with 
his spud, or scraping knife, and Peter attended 
as a witness for the prisoner. After a descrip- 
tion of the circumstances which led to the catas- 
trophe, in a style of phraseology perfectly un- 
intelligible to the court, Baron Dawson observed, 
" This witness is quite beyond my understanding. 
— Pray, fellow, be more explicit, and tell us what 
you mean." Peter answered, " Blur an ounds, 
my lord, sure I'm not obliged to find you evi- 
dence and understanding too, and if your lard- 
ship doesn't know de languages, dat's not my 
fault." 

The learned judge found the best way to man- 
age the witness was to bid him tell his own story, 
in the plainest way he could, and Peter pro- 
ceeded : — 

" Well den, please }^our lordship, my gossup 
at de bar was challenged by de carman to sky 
de coppers for a pint of de stuff; and so dey 
pulled out their louse traps, and tossed up for 
the best in tree. Music, says de carman, maz- 



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zards, says my gossup, and he won. You flushed 
dem, by dc hokey, says the carman. — You lie, by 
G — , said my gossup. So wid dat 5 my lord, dey 
agreed to edge de make at a motty; but dere de 
carman had no change, for my gossup touched 
de spud so tight every pitch, dat if it was butter 
he'd ha' stuck in it. So upon dat, your honour, 
de carman miffed and began to be snotty. Your 
soul to de gallice, says my gossup, what d'ye 
mean by dat. If you have a mind for a row, 
peel yourself, and we'll see it out in a genteel 
way. My gossup is as tight a bit of flesh, my 
lord, as ever nipp'd de weed. And so upon dat 
de carman didn't do de decent ting; for while 
my gossup was blanching his bacon, and just 
taking off his flesh bag, what does de carman 
do, my lord, but he gave him a dub with his 
daddle, upon de snotter-box, and brought de 
claret about his mug. Blue blazes to your soul, 
you blood}' tief, said I, dat's not fair; — you 
struck de man in his own shop: (for my gossup 
had his foot in de basket all de while). So wid 
dat, my lord, he struck him again ; and so my 
gossup up wid his chir, and swore he'd give him 
guts for garters; but I dun'na how it happened 
dat de carman fell agen him, and somehow or 
other, my gossup greased the chir in his tripes." 

The judge, who was not the mildest man in 
the world, said to the witness, " Get down, you 
ruffian, there is no understanding your jargon." 

Peter with great gravity, replied, " Oh, by 
Jasus, since dat's de case I'm off; but I'll call 



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to-morrow when you're sober, may be you'd be 
civiller den." 

Perhaps a glossary to the evidence may be 
as necessary to the reader, as it was to the judge. 
To shy de coppers, means to toss up halfpence ; 
louse traps, their combs used in tossing. Music, 
signifies harps (the impression on Irish half- 
pence) ; mazzards, head. Edging de makes at a 
motty, means pitching halfpence at a particular 
stone, and he that pitched nearest was the winner. 
Stuff, means whiskey ; miff'd, means got angry : 
and snotty, means saucy. Nipping de weed, 
implies chewing tobacco. Peeling, or blanching 
his bacon, means stripping naked. Dab with 
his daddle upon the snottcr-box and bringing 
the claret about his mug, means a stroke with his 
fist that produced a bloody nose ; and the chir, 
is the short scraping knife used by the shoe- 
blacks. With these illustrations the testimony 
of Peter may perhaps be somewhat more in- 
telligible to the English reader. 

312. — A Poor Physician, half doctor, half 
playwright, who from all his exertions, in the 
services of Hippocrates and Thespis, could 
scarcely keep life and soul together, was one 
morning posting to breakfast with a patron, in 
his threadbare sables ; but had on a pair of new 
white silk stockings. He stopped by the way 
to have his crab shells japanned, i. e. his shoes 
blacked, by the redoubtable Peter ; and when the 
job was finished, he tendered the operator half- 
a-crown to receive the difference. Peter wanted 



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to leave him in care of his shop, while he went 
in search of change. The doctor could not wait, 
nor would he trust him with the coin. Peter 
would not give credit, and the doctor must not 
depart without paying for his services. The 
doctor, exasperated, rascalled and scoundrelled 
the operator most furiously. Peter replied in 
pointed slang. At length, however, finding the 
halfpenny was not forthcoming, he says, " Well, 
if I am to give credit, let me finish the job de- 
cently ; put your honour's feet togeder dat I may 
give de -finishing touch; " which, being done, 
Peter with his polishing tool repeatedly slapped 
the doctor across both knees. The doctor be- 
came outrageous, struck the operator several 
times with his cane about the head, and then 
darted off in a fury. Some persons in the crowd 
now collected asked Peter if he knew his cus- 
tomer: "Aye," says Peter, "he is only a lousy 
glister pipe, a mere foot soldier in the service 
of death." 

313.— During the rebellion of 1798, while the 
regiment of ancient Britons were gallantly car- 
rying the terrors of fire and sword through the 
Wicklow and Wexford mountains, under the 
command of Lieut. -Colonel Wardle, their com- 
mander-in-chief, Sir W. W. Wynne, was de- 
tained at Dublin, by a slight wound in the hand, 
which, however, did not prevent him from walk- 
ing about the streets daily, with his arm in a 
crape sling; while his iron shod boots, and his 
trailing scimitar, raised such a clatter on the 



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pavement, as could not fail to impress the rabble 

with the terrors of his warlike presence. 

Passing one day by the laboratory of Black 
Dick, who succeeded Blind Peter, the shoe-black, 
the artist's deputy says to his master, " I believe 
dat's de man dey call Sir Watkin Win, of the 
Welsh horse." " Well, and what of that? " an- 
swered Dick. " Noting," answered the deputy, 
" only dey say he's a great hero ; but I don't tink 
he looks much like one." — " Your soul to the 
gallice ! " rejoined Dick, " Do you want a goose 
to look like an eagle? 

314. — Loed Chancellor Clare, who seemed 
anxious to banish from his appearance in the 
streets all semblance of his rank, usually walked 
from his house, whether to the courts, or to the 
House of Lords, in his boots, a jockey frock, 
and a brown bob-wig, and was, as the phrase 
is, " up to all the cants of the mob." One day 
he arrived in the House of Lords to take the 
woolsack, and was wigged, robed, and in his 
place, long before any of the peers attended, or 
even the servants of the house expected his pres- 
ence. He repeatedly called for the deputy Black 
Rod, an old Milesian named Bryant Connor, who 
was just then so engaged that he could not con- 
veniently attend his lordship ; but some minutes 
after arrived, when Lord Clare, in his jocular 
way, says to him, " Why, Connor, you old dust, 
I've been calling you this half-hour ; what's the 
reason you don't attend the call of the house? " 
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" I was engaged in attending the calls of 
Nathur." 

315. — It was one of the prominent com- 
plaints against Lord Clare, in his elevation to 
the seals, that he carried his political antipathies 
with him even to the Equity Bench, and those 
barristers who were members of parliament, and 
had opposed the noble lord in his politics while 
Attorney-General, usually received his marked 
discountenance in the Court of Chancery. Mr. 
Ponsonby, Mr. Curran, Mr. Egan, Mr. Fox, and 
several others, experienced those marks of antip- 
athy in a way highly injurious to their pro- 
fessional pursuits, and have more than once 
thrown down their briefs, and quitted the court 
with marks of disgust and resentment ; while a 
junior barrister, a nephew of the noble lord, with- 
out talents or popularity, was distinguished by 
his marked attention, as if with a view to throw 
grist into his empty bag. The noble lord had a 
favourite companion, a large Newfoundland dog, 
which not only accompanied him through the 
streets, but generally sat with him on the Chan- 
cery Bench. One day while that celebrated 
orator, Mr. Curran, was addressing his lordship 
in an eloquent speech, Lord Clare, with marked 
inattention and non-cholance, continued playing 
with his dog, and fondly patting him on the 
back. Mr. Curran, who had observed this for a 
considerable time with patience, at length made 
a full pause. The Chancellor missing the bar- 
lister's voice, suddenly turned, and said, " Are 



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you done, Mr. Curran ? " Mr. Curran resumed, 
and addressing the peer and his canine colleague, 
answered, " No, my Lords, I thought your Lord- 
ships were in consultation, and I was unwilling 
to interrupt your Lordships. But now, my 
Lords, if your Lordships are disposed to attend, 
I shall proceed. Then, may it please your Lord- 
ships, as I was proceeding to observe — " The 
Chancellor felt the hit, beat down his dog, 
laughed heartily, apologised for his inattention, 
and requested Mr. Curran to proceed with his 
argument. 

316. — The Late Father O'Leary, of witty 
celebrity, had once a pamphleteering war of 
polemics with the protestant bishop of Cloyne, 
in which the prelate inveighed with great acri- 
mony against the superstitions of popery, and 
particularly against the doctrine of purgatory. 
Father O'Leary, in his reply, slily observed, 
" that much as the bishop disliked purgatory, 
he might possibly go much farther, and fare 
worse." 

317. — An Irish Gentleman, being asked 
some time since, what brought him to London, 
he answered, that he came to see the invisible 
girl 

318. — The Late Mr. Forbes, one of the 
whig members of the Irish Parliament, and af- 
terwards governor of the Bahama Islands, was 
a remarkably tall lank man and a very facetious 
companion. He was invited one day to dine 
with a convivial party, of which honest Tom 



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Edwards, the witty surgeon, was to make one. 
While the company were waiting in the drawing- 
room for the arrival of Mr. Forbes, Edwards was 
leaning out of the window ; some carpenters pass- 
ing under it at the moment, with a long wooden 
rain-spout payed over with pitch — Edwards sud- 
denly started, and turned to the company, ex- 
claiming, " God bless my soul ! poor fellow ! I 
never heard a word of his death." — " Whose 
death? " asked several of the company. — " Aye," 
said Edwards, with a heavy sigh, " poor Forbes, 
for whom we are waiting." — " Dead ! " says one ; 
" Forbes dead? " says another. — " No," says a 
third, " I saw him yesterday." — " Oh ! if you 
doubt my words," said Edwards, " I suppose 
you'll believe your own e}^es. — Look out of the 
window, and you'll see his coffin going by : " 
pointing to the spout on the carpenter's shoul- 
ders. 

319. — The Veteran Counsellor Caed- 
beck, one day cross-examining a country fellow, 
as a witness, asked him in several ways, what he 
thought a particular person to be, from his own 
knowledge, hearsay, or belief; but could extract 
no other answer than that, " he did not know, 
and could not tell." — " Come fellow," said the 
counsellor, " answer me on your oath : what would 
you take me to be, if you did not actually know 
my person, and should meet me in the street? " 
— " Why then," says the fellow, " since you ask 
me, I will tell you, Sir. — By vartue of my oath, 
if you had not that wig and gown upon you, I 



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should take jou for a little ould pedlar: " (a 
palpable hit). The learned counsellor was 
silenced. 

320. — As an Irishman was crossing the horse 
road in Fleet Street, a one-horse chaise came very 
near him, when the driver bid him take care, 
when Paddy exclaimed, " By Jasus, if you run 
over me, I'll knock you down." 

321. — Robert Laing, a farmer of very ec- 
centric habits in the north of England, staying 
some time at an inn at Leicester, run up a bill 
that he was unable to pay, and was in conse- 
quence rather harshly treated by the landlord, 
who swore, that if he did not clear the whole by 
the next fair day he would sell his horse to dis- 
charge it. When the day came, and Master 
Boniface was preparing to put his threat in exe- 
cution, Laing petitioned for a few hours' grace, 
and the sole use of one of the stables ; which 
being granted, he sent the town-crier into the 
most public parts of the town, to proclaim, that 
at such an inn, there was just arrived a wonder- 
ful and miraculous horse, which was to be seen 
by all curious persons for sixpence apiece, with 
his head where his tail should be. So attractive an 
advertisement drew an amazing crowd of persons, 
who, on paying their fee, and being shown into 
the stable, found poor Rosinante with his hail 
tied to the manger. This each of them thought 
too good a jest to be enjoyed singly, and not 
wishing to be laughed at, blazoned the mar- 
vellous horse in such glowing colours, that the 



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fellow, who stood at the door, received money 
enough to have bought the fee simple of the 
stable. 

322. — The Wit and pleasantry of the late 
Mark Supple are fresh in the memory of his 
numerous acquaintance, and well known to all 
the curious and eccentric circles of Westminster 
within the last twenty years. He was an able 
and eminent reporter of the debates in Parlia- 
ment, and acquitted his duties in that depart- 
ment with singular excellence, even when tipsey, 
during the whole of a debate. Attending in a 
crowded gallery one evening, when an important 
question was to come on, and the house extremely 
full on both sides, Mr. Pitt, and the whole of 
the ministerial phalanx were in their places ; Mr. 
Addington in the chair, maintaining, with solemn 
gravity, the dignity of his office, and the whole 
assembly mute as mummies in a catacomb, the 
house had all the appearance of a Quaker's meet- 
ing. Supple, tipsey as usual, gravely took his 
pinch of snuff, and broke in upon the silence of 
the house with an address to the chair : — " Mr. 
Speaker ! — hiccup — I'll be very much obliged 
if you'll be so good as to give us a song." The 
Speaker was quite electrified. Mr. Pitt burst 
into a loud and immoderate fit of laughter, and 
several other members, after many fruitless en- 
deavours to preserve their gravity, followed his 
example. The Speaker called out, " Serjeant at 
arms, do your duty, and bring that person to the 
bar." In an instant the serjeant flew to the gal- 



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lcry ; and, with the grim authority of office, in- 
quired who was the man that presumed to insult 
the house. Nobody would peach; but the Ser- 
jeant was, by some silent finger, directed to 
Supple, upon whom the serjeant immediately 
seized. Supple, with great coolness, said, " My 
dear fellow, you're quite mistaken ; that sly, drab- 
coloured gentleman (pointing to a quaker seated 
in the front row, behind the clock) is the man 
who called for the song; for my part, I have 
no taste for music." The serjeant flew like light- 
ning after poor Obadiah, and dragged him out 
of the gallery in spite of all remonstrances, and 
was only prevented from bringing him to the 
bar, by the assurance of a gentleman from the 
members' gallery, who witnessed, and laughed 
heartily at the joke, that the quaker was not the 
man. 

323. — A Raw Young Caledonian, who had 
recently made his debut in the gallery as a re- 
porter, and had not got his ears into hearing 
order, could just distinguish something about a 
bill brought in by Mr. Curwen, " For the col- 
lecting of the harbour dues in the Isle of Man." 
The novice who sat next Supple, asked him what 
that bill was called, as he could not distinctly 
hear, " Oh ! " says Supple, " it is only a Bill to 
prevent the harbouring of Jews in the Isle of 
Man." This item appeared in the Morning 
Chronicle of the ensuing day, and excited no 
small degree of consternation amongst " our 
peoples " in Duke's Place, who are said to have 



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very lucrative connexions with the smugglers in 
the island. 

324. — The Eve of All-Haleows is cele- 
brated in Ireland, as an apple and nut feast; 
and so general is this in the metropolis, that the 
streets are thronged with women hawking those 
fruits in every quarter. A brace of these priest- 
esses, entering the hall of the Four Courts on 
that day, pressed Counsellor Shannon to buy 
some nuts. The counsellor answered, " They are 
all empty, you baggages." — " They are the 
more like your head, Counsellor," replied one 
of the nymphs, and passed on crying her wares. 

325. — A Worthy Alderman, captain of a 
volunteer corps, at a field-day before Lord 
Cornwallis, was ordering his company to fall 
back, in order to dress with the line, and gave 
the word — " Advance three paces backwards! 
march ! " 

326. — During the protracted debates upon 
the subject of public scarcity in 1802, Mr. Wil- 
bcrforce one night made a long and able speech, 
in the course of which, he recommended great en- 
couragement to the cultivation of potatoes, as a 
source of cheap food for the poor. A reporter, 
who was desirous of being attentive to every thing 
which fell from that honourable gentleman, un- 
luckily fell asleep, and only awaked just as Mr. 
Wilberforce was concluding. He was extremely 
mortified at having missed the speech, and asked 
a droll " fellow-labourer," the well known Charles 
Wilson, who sat next to him, to detail the leading 



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points of the honourable member's argument. 
The other told him, with great gravity, that Mr. 
Wilberforce had been extremely eloquent in rec- 
ommending the culture of potatoes, that he in- 
stanced their good effects in the gigantic stature, 
broad shoulders, vigorous constitution, and come- 
ly persons of the Irish peasantry, of whom he had 
seen so many herculean specimens in his walks 
through St. Giles and Covent Garden, and withal 
lamented that his parents and guardians had not 
fed him in his early youth upon those salubri- 
ous roots, which would have rendered him tall 
and athletic, instead of the tiny person he was. 

This text was quite enough for the spinner of 
eloquence, who amplified these points in his next 
day's paper, to a speech of four columns, with- 
out a single sentence of what Mr. Wilberforce 
had really uttered. On the next day, being at 
his post, as usual, Mr. Wilberforce rose with the 
identical newspaper in his hand. The call of 
" Privilege ! Privilege ! " echoed from several 
voices, and Mr. Wilberforce addressed the chair, 
by expressing his unwillingness at all times to 
restrain the liberty of the press, or to oppose 
the standing orders of the house, against that 
usage which had long prevailed, of detailing in 
the public papers what passed there in discus- 
sion ; but where a gross misrepresentation was 
made of the speech of a member, it ought not to 
pass in silence. Pie held in his hand a report, 
purporting to be a report of his own speech the 
preceding night, and he would appeal to the 



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house, whether it contained a syllable of what he 
had said. (Read! read! echoed from all sides.) 
Mr. Wilberforce put on his spectacles, and pro- 
ceeded to the reading, but every sentence pro- 
duced in the house a burst of laughter, until he 
came to that part where he was stated to have 
lamented that he had not been early fed upon po- 
tatoes, and thereby rendered tall, broad-shoul- 
dered, and athletic, instead of the tiny person 
he was. This threw the house into a roar of 
laughter, when Mr. Wilberforce himself, dis- 
mounting his spectacles, good humouredly joined 
in the laugh, and said, " Well, I protest the 
thing is so ludicrous, that it is hardly worth se- 
rious notice, and I shall pursue it no farther." 

327. — The Humourist, whose hoax upon a 
brother reporter produced this incident, was well 
known in the literary circles, and " a fellow of 
infinite jest: " but though he was himself a per- 
son of much wit and pointed satire, he feared 
foils more than Supple. For, like all wits, he 
dreaded a retort, and had scarcely temper 
enough to sustain a palpable hit. One night, in 
company with Supple at a convivial party, Sup- 
ple commenced a " galling fire " upon him, and 
after exchanging a few shot, Wilson says to 
Supple, " Oh ! Mark, we all know from whence 
you coin your jokes, Joe Miller to wit." — " My 
dear Wilson," said Supple, " Wit you may have: 
but the less you say about coin the better, for it's 
a commodity in which you seldom deal." This 
was touching on the raw of poor Wilson's feel- 



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ings ; and he flow out of the room, fairly van- 
quished without venturing a reply. 

328. — A Young Munsterman, who was en- 
tered a midshipman on board Lord Packenham's 
ship, had the good fortune to escape unwounded ; 
and when he returned on shore at Cork was grati- 
fying the curiosity of his fond grandmother with 
a detail of the sea fight, " Dear me, child ! " said 
the old lady, " and were not the sailors all terri- 
bly frightened at the firing of the cannons and 
the shot flying about their heads ? " " Fright- 
ened ! " answered the young hero, " no more than 
if they were throwing snow-balls at each other." 

329. — Louis XIV. asked Count Mahony one 
day if he understood Italian? " Yes, please your 
majesty," answered the count, " if it was spoken 
in Irish." 

330. — A Rider to a capital house in Watling- 
street, being on a journey, was attacked a few 
miles beyond Winchester by a single highway- 
man, who, taking him by surprise, robbed him of 
his purse and pocket-book, containing cash and 
notes to a considerable amount. " Sir," said the 
rider with great presence of mind, " I have suf- 
fered you to take my property, and you are wel- 
come to it. It is my master's, and the loss can- 
not do him much harm ; but as it will look very 
cowardly in me, to have been robbed without 
making any defence, I should take it kindly of 
you just to fire a pistol through my coat." — 
" With all my heart," said the highwayman, 
" where will you have ths ball? "— " Here," said 



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the rider, " Just by the side of the button." The 
unthinking highwayman was as good. as his word ; 
but the moment he fired, the rider knocked him 
off his horse, and, with the assistance of a travel- 
ler, who just at that time arrived, lodged the 
highwayman in Winchester Gaol. 

331. — The Late Earl of S kept an 

Irish footman, and sent him one day with a pres- 
ent to a certain judge; who in return sent my 
lord half a dozen live partridges with a letter; 
the partridges fluttering in the basket upon Pat's 
back, as he was carrying them home, he set 
down the basket, and opened the lid of it to 
quiet them, whereon they all new away : " Oh ! 
the devil burn ye," said he, " I am glad you are 
gone." But when he came home, and my lord 
had read the letter : " Why, Pat," said my lord, 
" I find there are half a dozen partridges in the 
letter." — " Arrah," said Pat, " I am glad you 
have found them in the letter; for they all flew 
out of the basket, and I did not know what be- 
came of them." 

332. — Counsellor Mackmahon, had lately 
a client of his own country who was a sailor, and 
having been at sea for some time, his wife was 
married again in his absence, so he was resolved 
to prosecute her ; and coming to advise with the 
counsellor, he told him he must have witnesses to 
prove that he was alive when his wife married 
again : " Arrah, by my shoul, that shall be im- 
possible," said the other ; " for my shipmates 
are all gone to sea again, upon a long voyage, 



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and shan't return this twelvemonth." — " Oh, 

then," answered the counsellor, " there can be 
nothing done in it ; and what a pity it is that 
such a brave cause should be lost now, only be- 
cause you cannot prove yourself to be alive." 

333. — Ax Officer in full regimentals pass- 
ing through a street in Dublin, apprehensive lest 
he should come in contact with a chimney-sweep 
that was pressing towards him, exclaimed, 
" Hold off, you black rascal." — " You were as 
black as me before you were boiled," cried sooty. 

334. — A Young Man having asked an Hiber- 
nian who was looked up to as a scholard, what 
was meant by the posthumous works of such a 
writer? " Why," said the other, " posthumous 
works are those books which a man writes after 
he is dead." 

335. — On a Benefit Night at the Dublin 
theatre, many particular friends of the actor 
were let in at a private door, before the great 
doors were opened, which w T hen discovered, a 
gentlemen cried out, in a passion, " It is a shame 
they should fill the house full of people, before 
any body comes ! " 

336. — An Irish Officer in Minorca was 
found by a gentleman who came to visit him in 
a morning a little ruffled, and being asked the 
reason, he replied he had lost a pair of fine black 
silk stockings out of his room, that cost eighteen 
shillings ; but he hoped he should get them again, 
for he had ordered them to be cried, with a re- 
ward of half-a-crown to the person who brought 



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them. His friend observing that this was too 
poor a recompense for such a pair of silk stock- 
ings : " Pooh, man," replied he, " I directed the 
cryer to say they were worsted." 

337. — Admiral Thompson, when a midship- 
man, served under the celebrated admiral, then 
commodore, Boscawen, who was just such a dash- 
ing fellow as our present Lord Cochrane. He 
used to tell a curious story of an Hibernian tar 
on board his ship, who landed with a party of 
volunteers to surprise a French fort, upon one 
of their islands in the West Indies. The party 
landed some hours before daylight, and con- 
cealed themselves in a wood at a short distance 
from the fortress, while the officer who led them 
reconnoitred the place. 

Pat, who had taken an over-dose of grog be- 
fore he landed, sat down and fell asleep behind 
some brushwood ; but the enemy having been ap- 
prised of the landing of the party, were advanc- 
ing in force from the next village, with fifes and 
drums, towards the beach, which taught the of- 
ficers of the British to hurry their men on board 
their boats, and return to the squadron ; but in 
the hurry of this retreat Pat was left behind. 
Having finished his nap by about six in the 
morning, when the day began to dawn, Pat, 
remembering the purpose for which he had 
landed, and missing his companions, without 
dreaming of their retreat, advanced towards the 
French fort, which was only manned by a few 
soldiers, and the greater part of them were asleep 



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in their guard house. He sealed the wall, killed 
the first man he met with his cutlass, hauled down 
the French flag, and then run round the rampart, 
cheering most vociferously, with a pistol in one 
hand and his cutlass in the other. The officer of 
the enemy's guard, thinking the place was sur- 
prised by a strong force, readily surrendered 
his sword, and entreated mercy for his men, not 
more than a dozen in number; whom Pat, like a 
generous conqueror, permitted to retreat by the 
postern, with their lives, to the next village, 
about five miles' distance, where the main force 
was quartered ; and having secured the gate, 
his next care was to overhaul the signal flags, 
where he had the good fortune to find a British 
ensign, which he immediately hoisted at the flag- 
staff, and stood by it cheering most vociferously, 
and flourishing his hat aloft, in hopes of attract- 
ing the notice of his commander, whose ships 
lay just out of gunshot in sight of the fort. 

The commodore, seeing the British flag flut- 
tering over the French bastion, at first supposed 
it to be a decoy; but some of Pat's shipmates 
recognised him through their glasses, and the 
boats were instantly manned, and a strong party 
sent on shore, under the officer who had before 
commanded. Pat, overjoyed at their arrival, 
cheered still more loudly, and bid them come 
round to the gate, where the draw-bridge was 
down, and he would give them admittance. 

Pie shortly derailed his operation ; but the of- 
ficer seeing there was no time to be lost, spiked all 



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the guns, and laid a train to the magazine, and 
immediately proceeded to his boats, having fired 
the train, and blown up the place. 

When Pat came on board, he was taken to 
task by the commodore for having deserted his 
party when on shore, and threatened to be put 
in irons for disobedience of orders. " Oh ! by 
Jasus, your honor," says Pat, " if that is all the 
thanks I'm to get, only forgive me this time, 
and I'll never take any more French forts as 
long as I live again." 

The commodore, highly diverted with his vin- 
dication and promise of amendment, dubbed Pat 
a post-boatswain upon the spot, and made him a 
present of twenty guineas. 

338.— Swift's Stella, who was an Irish 
lady, being extremely ill, her physician said, 
" Madam, you are certainly near the bottom of 
the hill, but we shall endeavour to get you up 
again." She replied, " Doctor, I am afraid I 
shall be out of breath before I get to the top 
again." 

' 339. — Three Fishermen in a smack from 
Baldryle, near Dublin, had proceeded some dis- 
tance to sea on a professional trip, but were sur- 
prised by a dreadful storm, and blown some 
eighty leagues to the southward. Completely 
out of their latitude, wet, hungry, and exhausted, 
and without any compass or chart on board, 
which, even if they had, they would not know 
how to use, they fell in with an outward-bound 
Indiaman, which, the weather being more calm, 






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they approached and hailed. " Whither are you 
bound, a-hoy?" — "To Bengal," was the an- 
swer. — " That's our own country," answered the 
hailing fishermen, " and we arc bound there too, 
our provisions are all out, can you give us any? " 
The captain of the Indiaman rather surprised at 
their project of a voyage to Bengal in so small a 
vessel, bid them come alongside, and ordered 
them a tierce of pork, some bags of biscuit, and a 
keg of rum, and bid them fall into his wake, for 
the convenience of more easily railing, as long as 
they could keep up. The poor fellows, thank- 
ful for his assistance, obeyed his instructions, 
and after sailing two days and two nights, and 
wondering they had not come to their destined 
port, hailed again, and demanded how long the 
voyage was to last ; they were astonished with the 
answer, " Perhaps five months with fair winds." 
— " Five months ! " exclaimed the other, " why 
blur-an-ounds, we'd fetch it ourselves in eight- 
and-forty hours, if we knew wh'ch way to steer." 
— " Shiver my timbers ! " roared the boatswain, 
" then you must be Lapland witches." How- 
ever, this led to an explanation from the three 
adventurers that Fingal and not Bengal was the 
place of their destination, from which they were 
then about five days' sail. The captain pitying 
their situation, threw them a chart and a small 
compass, directing them to steer a north-east 
course. He might as well have thrown them 
a pot-lid, for the poor fellows knew nothing of 
charts and compasses, having studied all their 



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navigation within their native latitude, and 
rarely quit sight of the land. They, however, 
contrived with a strong iron spike to nail the 
compass to their mast, and taking the sun for 
their compass, they kept as nearly as they could 
in the given direction, and by the favour of a 
brisk and favourable breeze which sprung up, 
reached their homes in about four days, to the 
great joy of their sorrowing friends and neigh- 
bours who had given them up for lost. 

340. — An Irish Gardener seeing a boy 
stealing some fruit, swore, if he caught him 
there again, he'd lock him up in the ice-house, 
and warm his jacket. 

341.— At a late assizes in Ireland, a witness 
was asked, whether, on a former occasion, he had 
not given a different account of the transaction ? 
He admitted the fact, but said that he was then 
humbugged in the business. " Humbugged! " 
replied the counsel, impatiently, " I do not un- 
derstand the phrase." — " I thought," rejoined 
the witness, " that everybody understood it : but 
to explain it by a familiar instance — If I were 
to tell the noble lord on the bench, or the gentle- 
men who are sworn to try this cause, that you 
were an able counsel, that would be to humbug 
both judge and jury!" 

342. — A Scotchman giving evidence at the 
bar of the House of Lords, in the affair of Cap- 
tain Porteus, and telling of the variety of shots 
which were fired upon that unhappy occasion, 
was asked by the Duke of Newcastle, what kind 



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of shot it was? " Why," said the man, in his 
broad dialect, " sic as the}' shoot fools (fowls) 
wi', an' the like."— " What kind of fools?" 
asked the duke, smiling at the word. — " Why, 
my lord, dukes (ducks), and sic kin o' fools." 

343. — An Irish Gentleman was relating in 
company that he saw a terrible wind the other 
night. " Saw a wind ! " said another, " I never 
heard of a wind being seen. But, pray, what 
was it like? " — " Like to have blown my house 
about my ears," replied the first. 

344. — A Lad of the Hod ascending on day 
with a portion of mortar, when he had attained 
about the middle story a rung of the ladder 
gave way under his foot, and he fortunately 
landed, after a fall of thirty-six feet, with his 
sitting-part upon a heap of loose rubbish. He 
was instantly surrounded by a crowd who reck- 
oned that he was killed. Pat, however, but 
slightly hurt, instantly jumped upon his feet 
and looking round the crowd, said, " By St. 
Patrick, I'll howld you a gallon of portlier, the 
tightest amongst you wont do that." 

345. — During the mayoralty of Alderman 
Sir James Shaw, a tall raw-boned Irish sailor 
from Cork was brought before him, charged 
with a desperate assault upon one of the street- 
keepers, who had taken him into custody for 
being riotous opposite the India House. This 
officer told a very formal story, that the defend- 
ant had assaulted him in the execution of his 
duty, offered to mislest him, and he was very ob- 



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stropulus, and had struck him a violent blow 
on the head. " What have you to say in your 
defence?" asked the grave magistrate. — "Do 
you believe him, my lord? " said the Irishman, 
with a humourous look. — " I must believe him," 
replied the magistrate, " unless you can prove 
to the contrary." — " Did you ever see a double- 
jointed man, my lord? " pulling up the sleeve 
of his jacket, and exhibiting his Herculean arm, 
" if I struck him a blow on the head," continued 
he, " he'd never tell who hurted him, for devil 
a head he'd have on his shoulders. He might as 
well get a kick from one of your lordship's 
coach horses, as a whack of my fist." — " Well, 
my good friend," said the magistrate, who saw 
there was more of malice than truth in the accu- 
sation, " you seem to be a good-humoured fellow, 
and if I dismiss you this time, will you go quietly 
to your ship, and raise no more riots? " — " Oh! 
'pon honour, my lord, as quiet as a lamb ; but 
hark'ee, Mister Street Keeper, no more of your 
Hurroo Pats, if you plase." 

346. — Pat having paid London a visit for 
the first time on a Sunday, and seeing the ladies 
walking with their reticules in their hands, ex- 
claimed, " Ah ! by St. Patrick, the English girls 
I see are knowing ones ; no one, faith and troth, 
can pick their pockets, except they run away 
with their purses out of their hands." 

347. — Caro.lan, the celebrated Irish bard, 
had an insatiable fondness for whiskey, and re- 
fusing his gratification, was a certain method of 



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raising his satire. Residing for some time in 
the house of a parsimonious lady, he happened 
one day as he sat playing on his harp, to hear 
O'Flin the butler unlocking the cellar door, he 
instantly arose, and following the man, re- 
quested a glass of his favourite beverage; but 
the fellow thrust him rudely out of the cellar, 
declaring he would give him nothing unless he 
had orders from his mistress. The insulted and 
indignant bard instantly uttered the following 
bitter epigram: — 

" What a pity hell-gates are not kept by O'Flin, 
So surly a dog would let nobody in." 

348. — An Irish Soldier pretending dumb- 
ness, and the surgeon of the regiment, after sev- 
eral attempts to restore him, declaring him incur- 
able, was discharged. He, a short time after- 
wards enlisted in another corps, and being recog- 
nised by an old comrade, and questioned how he 
learned to speak? " By the powers," replied 
Terence, " ten guineas would make any man 
speak.'" 

349. — A Singer once complaining to Mr. 
Jeffery that himself and his brother (both of 
whom were deemed simpletons), had been or- 
dered to take ass's milk, but that on account of 
its expensiveness, he hardly knew what he should 
do. " Do? " cried Mr. Jeffery, " why suck one 
another, to be sure." 

350. — The Facetious Marcus Supple, 
some of whose pleasantries we have before men- 



154 JOE MILLER 

tioned, was one evening in the galley of the 
House of Commons, when a Caledonian gentle- 
man, the proprietor of the morning paper for 
which Marcus was retained as a reporter, entered 
the crowded galleiy with a friend from Edin- 
burgh, whom he wished to introduce to the novel- 
ties of the British senate. The latter took a 
standing post in Supple's front with the stern 
close to his face. Marcus, tipsey as usual, ad- 
dressed the Caledonian very civilly, " I'll be 
much obliged to } r ou, Sir, if you'll be so good 
as to remove your snuff-box, as I don't much 
like the odour of your Edinburgh flowers." 
The Scot in a surly mood complained of 
this indignity to his inductor, who, thinking 
himself entitled to take a rough liberty with 
the wit, told him, " he thought it was vary 
extraordinary that he couldn't be watty without 
being impartfnent." — "Oh! for the matter of 
that," said Supple, " it is not more extraordinary 
than that some of my Scotch friends can be very 
impertinent without being witty." 

351. — Sterne, so celebrated as the author of 
Tristram Shandy, and the Sentimental Journey, 
was of Cambridge University ; no strict priest, 
but, as a clergyman, not likely to hear with in- 
difference his whole fraternity treated contemp- 
tuously. Being one day in a coffee-house, he ob- 
served a spruce powdered young fellow by the 
fire-side, who was speaking of the clergy, in a 
mass, as n body of disciplined impostors and sys- 
tematic hypocrites. Sterne got up, while the 



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young man was haranguing, and approached 
towards the fire, patting and coaxing all the way 
a favourite little dog. Coming at length towards 
the gentleman, he took up the dog, still continu- 
ing to pat him, and addressed the young fellow — 
" Sir, this would be the prettiest little animal in 
the world, had he not one disorder ! " — " What 
disorder is that? " replied the young fellow. 
" Why, sir," said Sterne, " one that always makes 
him bark when he sees a gentleman in black." — 
" That is a singular disorder," replied the young 
fellow ; " pray, how long has he had it?" — 
" Sir," replied Sterne, looking at him with af- 
fected gentleness, " ever since he was a puppy ! " 

352. — A Witness was called upon to testify 
concerning the reputation of another witness for 
veracity. " Why," said he, " I hardly know what 
to tell you, M.— — sometimes jests and jokes, 
and then I don't believe him ; but when he under- 
takes to tell anything for a fact, I believe him 
about as much as I do the rest of my neighbours" 

353. — A Cantab, one day observing a raga- 
muffin-looking boy scratching his head at the 

door of Mr. , bookseller, in Cambridge, 

where he was begging, and thinking to pass a 
joke upon him, said—" So, Jack, you are pick- 
ing them out, are you? " — " Nah, sar," retorted 
the urchin, " I takes 'em as they come ! " 

354. — Louis XIV. passing through Rheims, 
in 1666, was harangued by the Mayor, who, pre- 
senting to him some bottles of wine and pears, 
said to him — " Sire, we bring to your Majesty 



156 J0£ MILLER 

our wine, our pears, and our hearts ; we have 
nothing better." The king tapped him on the 
shoulder, saying — " Such speeches do I like." 

355. — Samuel Baldwin, a gentleman of 
Hampshire, had, by his will, in the year 1736, 
ordered, that, after his decease, his body should 
be thrown into the sea be3^ond the Needles, which 
was accordingly complied with. On making in- 
quiry into his motives for this singular disposal 
of his remains, it was discovered, that he made it 
for the purpose of disappointing a young wife, 
who had frequently assured him, by way of con- 
solation, that she would — dance upon his grave. 

356. — An Amiable Hindoo, at Bombay, 
being taken to a veranda overlooking the assem- 
bly-room, where a number of ladies and gentle- 
men were going down a country dance, his con- 
ductor asked him how he liked the cheerful 
amusement ; the mild Indian replied — " Master, 
I do not quite understand this business ; but in 
our caste we say, if we place butter too near the 
fire, butter will soon melt." 

357. — Not Very Long Ago, a gentleman, 
who sometimes speaks his mind, was dining at the 
table of a bishop, surrounded by gentlemen who 
do not always do so — for they were his chaplains. 
His lordship gave much into the marvellous, to 
which the inferior clergy bowed assent. " And I 
remember," cried his lordship, " when the old 
palace of Ely was pulled down, there was a toad 
found under the wall, at least eight inches across 
the back, and twelve in length. The toad was 



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supposed to be a hundred years old." — " Won- 
derful," answered the chaplains. " Wonderful 
indeed," answered the gentlemen, " for it proves 
that in those days there were no toad-eaters." 

358. — An Irish Officer in the service of 
France, having importuned Lewis the Fourteenth 
in favour of a brother officer, the king inter- 
rupted him as he was proceeding, and exclaimed, 
" Your countrymen are troublesome." — " Your 
Majesty's enemies say the same thing," returned 
the officer; which put his Majesty in such a good 
humour, that he immediately granted the request. 

359. — An Oed Woman received a letter from 
the post-office, at New r York. Not knowing how 
to read, and being anxious to know the contents, 
supposing it to be from one of her absent sons, 
she called on a person near to read the letter to 
her. He accordingly began and read — "Charles- 
ton, June 23, 1826. Dear mother," then making 
a stop to find out what followed (as the writing 
was rather bad), the old lady exclaimed — " Oh, 
'tis my poor Jerry, he always stuttered! " 

360. — When Kleber was in Egypt, he sus- 
tained, during five hours, with only two thousand 
men, the united efforts of twenty thousand. He 
was nearly surrounded, was wounded, and had 
only a narrow defile by which to escape. In this 
extremity, he called to him a chef de battaillon, 
named Chevardin, for w T hom he had a particular 
regard. " Take," said he to him, " a company 
of grenadiers, and stop the enemy at the ravine. 
You will be killed, but you will save your com- 



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rades." — " Yes, my general," replied Chevardin. 
He gave his watch and his pocketbook to his ser- 
vant, executed the order, and his death, in fact, 
arrested the enemy, and saved the French. 

361. — A Nocturnal Sketch. 

Even is come ; and from the dark Park, hark, 

The signal of the setting sun — one gun ! 

And six is sounding from the chime, prime time 

To go and see the Drury-Lane Dane slain, — 

Or hear Othello's jealous doubt spout out, — 

Or Macbeth raving at that shade-made blade, 

Denying to his frantic clutch much touch ; — 

Or else to see Ducrow with wide stride ride 

Four horses as no other man can span; 

Or, in the small Olympic Pit, sit split 

Laughing at Liston, while you quiz his phiz. 

Anon Night comes, and with her wings brings things 

Such as, with his poetic tongue, Young sung : 

The gas up-blazes with its bright white light, 

And paralytic watchmen prowl, howl, growl, 

About the streets and take up Pall-Mali Sal, 

Who, hasting to her nightly jobs, robs fobs. 

Now thieves to enter for your cash, smash, crash, 
Past drowsy Charley, in a deep, sleep, creep, 
But frighten'd by Police B. 3, flee. 
And while they're going, whisper low, "No go!" 
Now puss, while folks are in their beds, treads leads, 
And sleepers waking, grumble — " drat that cat ! " 
Who in the gutter caterwauls, squalls, mauls 
Some feline foe, and screams in shrill ill-will. 
Now Bulls of Bashan, of a prize size, rise 
Tn childish dreams, and with a roar gore poor 
Georgy, or Charles, or Billy, willy nilly; — 
But nursemaid in a nightmare rest, chest-press'd, 
Dreameth of one of her old flames, James Games, 
And that she hears — what faith is man's — Ann's banns 
And his. from Reverend Mr. Rice, twice, thrice; 
White ribbons flourish, and a stout shout out, 
That upwards goes, shews Rose knows those bows 
woes ! 






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362. — -When the British ships under Lord 
Nelson was bearing- down to attack Trafalgar, 
the first lieutenant of the Revenge, on going 
round to sec that all hands were at quarters, ob- 
served one of the men devoutly kneeling at the 
side of his gun. So very unusual an attitude in 
an English sailor exciting his surprise and curi- 
osity, he went and asked the man if he was afraid. 
" Afraid ! " answered the honest tar, " no ! I was 
only praying that the enemy's shot may be dis- 
tributed in the same proportion as prize-money 
— the greatest part among the officers." 

363. — " Indeed, indeed, friend Tom," said 
one citizen to another, " you have spoiled the look 
of your nag by cropping his ears too close ; what 
could be your reason for it? " — " Why, friend 
Turtle, I will tell you — my horse had a strange 
knack of being frightened, and on very trifling 
occasions would prick up his ears as if he had seen 
the devil, and so, to cure him, I cropt him." 

364. — A Pedantic Country Schoolmaster 
asked a sailor what was the third and half third 
of ten-pence. The sailor, who was illiterate, but 
unwilling to confess his ignorance, evaded giving 
an answer by saying, that he did not choose to 
give that knowledge for nothing, which had cost 
him much trouble and expense to acquire : adding, 
that he could propose a much harder question 
than that. The pedagogue, peaked at this, ex- 
claimed—" What is that ! "— " Why," said the 
tar, " if a pound of cheese costs fourpence, what 
will a cartload of turnips amount to." 



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365. — About Half a Century Ago, when i': 
was more the fashion to drink ale at Oxford than 
at present, a humorous fellow, of punning mem- 
ory, established an alehouse near the pound, and 
wrote over his door, " Ale sold by the pound." 
As his ale was as good as his jokes, the Oxonians 
resorted to his house in great numbers, and some- 
times stayed there beyond the college hours. This 
was made a matter of complaint to the Vice- 
Chancellor, who was desired to take away his li- 
cense, by one of the Proctors of the University. 
Boniface was summoned to attend, and when he 
came into the Vice-Chancellor's presence, he be- 
gan hawking and spitting about the room ; this 
the Chancellor observed, and asked what he meant 
by it? — " Please your worship," said he, " I came 
here on purpose to clear myself." The Vice- 
Chancellor imagined that he actually weighed his 
ale, and sold it in that manner ; he therefore said 
to him — " They tell me you sell your ale by the 
pound; is that true? " — " No, an't please your 
worship," replied the wit. " How do you, then? " 
said the Chancellor. " Very well, I thank you, 
Sir," replied the wit; " how do you do? " The 
Chancellor laughed, and said — " Get away for a 
rascal, I will say no more to you." The fellow 
departed, and crossing the quadrangle, met the 
Proctor who laid the information ; " Sir," 
said he, " the Vice-Chancellor wants to speak 
with you ; " and returned with him. " Here, Sir," 
said he, " here he is."—" Who? " said the Chan- 
cellor. " Why, Sir," said he, " you sent me for 



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a rascal, and I have brought you the greatest 
that I know of." 

366- — A Lawyer, upon a circuit in Ireland, 
who was pleading the cause of an infant plaintiff, 
took the child up in his arms, and presented it to 
the jury, suffused with tears. This had a great 
effect, until the opposite lawyer asked the child 
— " What made him cry? " — " He pinched me ! " 
answered the little innocent. The whole court was 
convulsed with laughter. 

367. — Dr. Stukeley waited upon Sir Isaac 
Newton a little before dinner-time ; but he had 
given orders not to be called down to anybody, till 
his dinner was upon the table ; at length a boiled 
chicken was brought in, and Stukeley waited till 
it was nearly cold, when, being very hungry, he 
ate it up, and ordered another to be dressed for 
Sir Isaac, who came down before the second was 
ready, and seeing the dish and cover of the first, 
which had not been removed, he lifted up the lat- 
ter, and, turning to Dr. Stukeley, said — " What 
strange folks we studious people are ! I really 
forgot that I had dined." 

368. — The Hon. Mr. Rigby, being one even- 
ing at hazard, in a public place, was very suc- 
cessful ; and having won a considerable sum, he 
was putting it in his purse, when a person behind 
him said, in a low voice to himself — " Had I that 
sum, what a happy man I should be ! " Mr. R. 
without looking back, put the purse over his 
shoulder, saying — " Take it, my friend, and be 
happy." The stranger made no reply, but ac- 



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cepted it, and retired. Every one present was 
astonished at Mr. Rigby's uncommon beneficence, 
whilst he received additional pleasure, on being 
informed that the person who had received the 
benefit was a half -pay officer in great distress. 
Some years after, a gentleman waited upon him, 
and, being introduced to Mr. R., acquainted him 
that he came to acquit a debt he had contracted 
with him in Dublin. Mr. R. was greatly sur- 
prised at this declaration, as he was an entire 
stranger. " Yes, Sir," continued the visitor, 
" you assisted me with above a hundred pounds, 
at a time that I was in the utmost indigence, with- 
out knowing or even seeing me ;" and then re- 
lated the affair of the gaming-table. " With 
that money," continued the stranger, " I was en- 
abled to pay some debts, and fit myself out for 
India, where I have been so fortunate as to make 
an ample fortune." Mr. Rigby declined taking 
the mone} T , but, through the pressing solicitation 
of the gentleman, accepted a valuable diamond 
ring. 

369. — The Late Duke of Grafton, when 
hunting, was thrown into a ditch ; at the same 
time a young curate, calling out, " Lie still, my 
lord," leaped over him, and pursued his sport. 
Such apparent want of feeling, we may pre- 
sume, was properly resented. No such thing. 
On being helped out by his attendants, his Grace 
said — "that man shall have the first good living 
that falls to my disposal — had he stopped to have 
taken care of me, I never would have given him 



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anything: " being delighted with an ardour simi- 
lar to his own, or with a spirit that would not 
stoop to flatter. 

370. — Dr. Henntker, being engaged in pri- 
vate conversation with the great Earl of Chat- 
ham, his lordship asked him how he defined wit. 
" My lord," said the doctor, " wit is like what a 
pension would be, given by your lordship to your 
humble servant, a good thing well applied." 

371. — Sir William B. being at a parish 
meeting, made some proposals that were objected 
to by a farmer. Highly enraged, " Sir," says he 
to the farmer, " do you know that I have been to 
two universities, and at two colleges in each uni- 
versity ? "— " Well, Sir," said the farmer, " what 
of that? I had a calf that sucked two cows, and 
the observation I made was, that the more he 
sucked the greater calf he grew." 

372. — Sir W. Curtis was once present at a 
public dinner where the Dukes of York and Clar- 
ence formed part of the company. The Presi- 
dent gave as a toast, " The Adelphi " (the 
Greek word for "The Brothers"). When it 
came to the worthy baronet's turn to give a toast, 
he said, " Mr. President, as you seem inclined to 
give public buildings, I beg leave to propose 
Somerset House." 

373. — One of His Majesty's Frigates, 
being at anchor on a winter's night in a tremen- 
dous gale of wind, the ground broke, and she be- 
gan to drive. The lieutenant of the watch ran 
down to the captain, awoke him from his sleep, 



164 JOE MILLER 

and told him the anchor had come home. "Well," 
said the captain, rubbing his eyes, " I think our 
anchor is perfectly right, for who would stay out 
such a night as this? " 

374. — When Johnson had completed his Dic- 
tionary, the delay of -which had quite exhausted 
the patience of Millar, the bookseller, the latter 
acknowledged the receipt of the last sheet in the 
following terms : 

" Andrew Millar sends his compliments to Mr. 
Samuel Johnson, with the money for the last 
sheet of the copy of the Dictionary, and thanks 
God he has done with him." 

To this uncourteous intimation, the doctor re- 
plied in this smart retort: 

" Samuel Johnson returns his compliments to 
Mr. Andrew Millar, and is very glad to find (as 
he does by his note) that Andrew Millar has the 
grace to thank God for anything." 

375. — A Gentleman, travelling on a jour- 
ney, having a light guinea which he could not 
pass, gave it to his Irish servant, and desired him 
to pass it upon the road. At night he asked him 
if he had passed the guinea. " Yes, Sir," replied 
Teague, " but I was forced to be very sly ; the 
people refused it at breakfast and at dinner; so, 
at a turnpike, where I had fourpcnce to pay, I 
whipped it in between two half-pence, and the 
man put it into his pocket, and never saw it." 

376. — A Little Boy having been much 
praised for his quickness of reply, a gentleman 
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in their youth, they were generally stupid and 
dull when they advanced in years, and vice versa. 
" What a very sensible boy, Sir, you must have 
been ! " returned the child. 

377. — A Lady observing Mr. Jekyll directing 
some letters, one of which was addressed to Mr. 
, Solicitor; and another to Mr. , At- 
torney ; inquired what was the difference between 
an Attorney and a Solicitor. " Much the same, 
my dear madam," replied the wit, " as there is 
between a Crocodile and an Alligator." 

378. — Alderman Faulkner, of Dublin, in 
his Journal, announced the accouchement of 
" her grace the Duke of Dorset." Next day it 
was thus corrected : — " For her grace the Duke 
of Dorset, read his grace the Duchess of Dorset." 

379. — One Evening, Tom Sheridan, after 
sitting with his father over a bottle, w r as com- 
plaining of the emptiness of his pocket. The 
right honourable manager told him, jocularly, to 
go on the highway. " I have tried that already," 
said he, "but without success." — "Ay! how?" 
replied the father. — " Why," resumed he, " I 
stopped a caravan full of passengers, who as- 
sured me they had not a farthing, as they all be- 
longed to Drury Lane Theatre and could not 
get a penny of their salary." 

380. — When Lucy Cowper was once examined 
in a court of justice, one of the counsellors asked 
her if she came there in the character of a modest 
woman? "No, Sir," replied she, "I do not; 



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that which has been the ruin of me, has been the 
making of you — I mean impudence." 

381. — Dr. Cheyne, of Bath, and a Mr. Tan- 
tley, were deemed the two fattest men in Somer- 
setshire. When they were once sitting together 
after dinner, Cheyne asked the other what made 
him look so melancholy? " Faith," replied he, 
" I was thinking how it will be possible for the 
people to get either you or me to the grave after 
we, die." — " Why, as to me," replied Cheyne 
" six or eight stout fellows will do the business, 
but you must be taken at twice." 

382. — A Young Man, boasting of his health 
and constitutional stamina, very lately, in the 
hearing of Wewitzer, the player, was asked to 
what he chiefly attributed so great a happiness — 
" To what, Sir? — To laying in a good founda- 
tion, to be sure. I make a point, Sir, to eat a 
great deal every morning." — " Then I presume, 
Sir," remarked Wewitzer, " you usually break- 
fast in a timber-yard.'* 

383. — A Crooked Gentleman, on his arrival 
at Bath, was asked by another, what place he had 
travelled from? " I came straight from London," 
replied he. — " Did you so? " said the other, 
" then you have been teribly warped by the way." 

384. — As a Certain Musician, who had a 
very bad voice, was singing one day, he took no- 
tice of a gentlewoman who fell a-crying; when, 
imagining that the sweetness of his melody 
awaked some passion in her breast, he began to 
sing louder, and she to weep more bitterly. He 



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had no sooner ended the song, but going to the 
lady he asked her why she cried — " Oh ! " she 
said, " I am the unfortunate woman, whose ass 
the wolves devoured yesterday, and no sooner did 
I hear you sing, but I thought on my poor ass, 
for surely never were voices so much alike." 

385. — A Spark being brought before a mag- 
istrate on a charge of horse-stealing, the 
the moment he saw him, exclaimed — " giving 
villain in your countenance." — " It is d to his 
time," said the prisoner, very coolly, " C. the 
knew my countenance was a looking- glass." 

386. — An Evidence in a court speaking in a 
very harsh and loud voice, the lawyer employed 
on the other side exclaimed — " Fellow, why dost 
thou bark so furiously? " — " Because," replied 
the rustic, " I .' Vink I see a thief.'* 

387. — A Countryman, on a trial respecting 
a fishery, at the late Lancaster assizes, was cross- 
examined by Sergeant Cockel, who, among many 
other questions, asked the witness — " Dost thou 
love fish?" — " Yes," said the poor fellow, with 
a look of native simplicity, " but I donna like 
Cockle sauce with it." A roar of laughter fol- 
lowed, in which the sergeant joined, with his 
^ 3? i ual good humour. 

388. — There are three things which a good 
wife should resemble, and yet those three things 
she should not resemble. She should be like a 
town clock — keep time and regularity. She 
should not be like a town clock — speak so loud 
that all the town may hear her. She should be 



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168 JOE MILLER 

like a snail — prudent, and keep within her own 
house. She should not be like a snail — carry all 
she has upon her back. She should be like an 
echo — speak when spoken to. She should not be 
like an echo — determined always to have the last 
word. 

£$Q — A Forward Young Lady was walking 

^ as ..nig on the Steyne at Brighton, when she 

people t; red ft facetious f r iend. " You see, Mr. 

we, le. ^5 ^-^ gne ^ u j am come ou t j- g e \- a 

^ sun and air." — " I think, madam, you had 
Jetter get a little husband first," was the reply. 

390. — A Captain in the Navy, meeting a 
friend as he landed at Portsmouth, boasted that 
he had left his whole ship's company the hap- 
piest fellows in the world. " How so? " asked 
his friend. " Why I have just flogged seven- 
teen, and they are happy it is over ; and all the 
rest are happy that they have escaped." 

391.— The Late Sir Samuel Hood, who 
died when commander-in-chief on the East India 
station, had a lieutenant on board, named Roby, 
supposed to be a natural son of his. One night, 
when Roby had the watch, a squall of wind split 
the main-top sail. Old Hood ran out of his 
cabin in a passion, and exclaimed — " It is all 
your fault, Roby, you are the greatest lubber in 
the British navy."—" Now," said Roby, " I be- 
lieve what all the ship's company say to be true." 
— " And what do the ship's company say, Sir," 
thundered out the commodore. " Why, that I 






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am the picture of you in everything." Hood 
laughed at the sarcasm, and they were better 
friends than ever. 

392. — A Fellow stole Lord Chatham's large 
gouty shoes ; his servant not finding them, began 
to curse the thief. " Never mind," said his lord- 
ship, " all the harm I wish the rogue is, that the 
shoes may fit him! " 

393. — When Mr. Canning was about giving 
up Gloucester Lodge, Brompton, he said to his 
gardener, as he took a farewell look of the 
grounds — " I am sorry, Fraser, to leave this old 
place." — " Psha, Sir," said George, " don't fret; 
when you had this old place, you were out of 
place ; now you are in place, you can get both 
yourself and me a better place." The hint was 
taken, and old George provided for. 

394.— A Party who had been rather overdone 
by the potentiality of their beverage in a tavern 
in Leadenhall street, staggered out of the house 
while the watchman was crying past three o'clock. 
This so much offended one of the company that 
he insisted on the poor fellow's altering his tone, 
and announcing it to be past eleven o'clock. The 
watchman immediately complied, but being at 
some loss how to finish his sentence, said, " Pray, 
gentlemen, what sort of weather would you choose 
to have?" 

395. — As Mr. Reynell, a man of some for- 
tune in the neighbourhood of Edinburgh, was 
one day taking his ride, and being, according to 
his own idea, a person of no small consequence, 



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he thought proper to shew it by riding on the 
footpath. Meeting a plain farmer-looking man, 
he ordered him imperiously to get out of his way. 
" Sir," said the other, " I don't understand this : 
I am upon the footpath, where I certainly have 
a right to walk."—" Do you know, Sir," said Mr. 
Reynell, " to whom you speak ? " — " I do not, in- 
deed."— " Sir, I am Mr. ReynelL, of Edin- 
burgh." — " Well, Sir, but that certainly does not 
entitle you to ride on a footpath, and to drive a 
humble pedestrian off it." — " Why, Sir, I am a 
trustee of this road." — " If you are, you are a 
very bad one." — " You are a very impudent fel- 
low — who are you, Sir? " : — " I am John, Duke of 
Montague." It is almost unnecessary to add that 
the haughty Laird, after a very awkward apol- 
ogy, went off into the main road. 

396. — Ax Arch Boy belonging to one of the 
ships of war at Portsmouth, had purchased of 
his playfellows a magpie, which he carried to his 
father's house : and was at the door feeding it, 
when a gentleman in the neighbourhood, who had 
an impediment in his speech, coming up — " T — 
T — T — Tom," says the gentleman, " can your 
mag t— t— t— talk yet? " — " Ay, Sir," says the 
boy, " better than you, or I'd wring his head 
off!" 

397. — Two Sporting Men discoursing about 
a horse that had lost a race, one of them, by way 
of apology, observed — " That the cause of it was 
an accident, his running against a waggon; " to 
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him, archly replied, — " Why, what else was he 
fit to run against? " 

398. — An Opulent Farmer applied to an at- 
torney about a law-suit, but was told he could not 
undertake it, being already engaged on the other 
side ; at the same time he said, that he would give 
him a letter of recommendation to a professional 
friend, which he did ; and the farmer, out of cu- 
riosity, opened it, and read as follows :— 

" Here are two fat wethers fallen out together, 
If you'll fleece one, I'll fleece the other, 
And make 'em agree like brother and brother." 

The perusal of this epistle cured both parties, 
and terminated the dispute. 

399. — A Common Councilman's Lady pay- 
ing her daughter a visit at school, and inquiring 
what progress she had made in her education, the 
governess answered, " Pretty good, madam, miss 
is very attentive : if she wants anything, it is a 
capacity, but for that deficiency you know we 
must not blame her." " No, madam," replied 
the mother, " but I blame you for not having 
mentioned it before. Her father, thank God, can 
afford his daughter a capacity; and I beg she 
may have one immediately, cost what it may." 

400. — Mr. Loutherbourgh, the famous 
scene painter, had a fancy that he could cure all 
diseases, and accordingly prescribed liberally for 
his friends and others willing to fall under his 
hands. A person of great faith applied to 
him for a cure for a very bad cold, and Louther- 



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bourgh's advice was, " Doo you see, sare, can 
you like to drink bran-tea? " 

"Brandy," replied the patient, nothing loth 
to find so palatable a medicine hinted, as he im- 
agined. " Certainly, I have no objection to it 
whatever." — " Vy, then," said Loutherbourgh, 
" bran-tea, is the very ting for you. Take three, 
four — ees, four — cups of it as hot as you can 
soop — good big tea cups, just after break- 
fast." 

" What, Sir," asked the patient, rather 
amazed, " Without water? " — " Vidout water," 
said Loutherbourgh, " vat do you mean ? No 
more water than is the bran-tea itself ven made. 
Take it as you get it. Take four large, ver large 
coops, between breakfast and dinner, and ven you 
find a change for better or vorse, come to me." 
The faith of the patient was great, and so was his 
swallow ; for five days he stuck to what he thought 
was the prescription of the painter — was of 
course drunk all day — and at the conclusion of 
his exertions, in this way he came to Louther- 
bourgh, full of gratitude for his advice — " I am 
quite cured, Mr. Loutherbourgh," said he, " I 
never imagined that brandy was so complete a 
cure- — I feel quite obliged." " O, yes," said Lou- 
therbourgh, " I was sure it would cure you, you 
felt quite cool all the time you was taking it." — 
" Cool," said the patient, " no, not exactly cool, 
I was rather hot. Zounds, no man can drink a 
quarts of spirits in the forenoon, and keep 
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" Spirits," said Louthcrbourgh, rather aston- 
ished, " vy, there is no spirits in tea made of 
bran." 

" Tea made of bran! " said his amazed friend, 
" it was hot brandy I drank." An explanation 
of course followed — the gentleman however was 
cured. 

401. — In a Cause respecting a will, evidence 
was given to prove the testatrix, an apothecary's 
widow, a lunatic; amongst other things, it was 
deposed, that she had swept a quantity of pots, 
lotions, potions, &c. into the street as rubbish. " I 
doubt," said the learned judge, " whether sweep- 
ing physic into the street, be any proof of in- 
sanity." — " True, my lord," replied the counsel, 
" but sweeping the pots away, certainly was." 

402.— It is said that the Pope advised Pe- 
trarch to marry Laura ; but that the poet re- 
fused, because he feared that the familiarity of 
marriage would extinguish his passion. A blunt 
person, on reading this anecdote, observed, 
" There is a fool, who won't eat his dinner lest he 
should spoil his appetite." 

403. — Some Soldiers once fell upon a watch- 
man in a small town, in a lonely street, and took 
away his money and coat. He immediately re- 
paired to the captain of the regiment, to com- 
plain of his misfortune. — The captain asked him 
whether he had on the waistcoat he then wore 
when he was robbed by the soldiers. " Yes, Sir," 
replied the poor fellow. " Then, my friend," re- 



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joined the captain, " I can assure you they do 
not belong to my company ; otherwise they would 
have left you neither waistcoat nor shirt." 

404. — A Gentleman returned from India, in- 
quiring of a person respecting their common ac- 
quaintance, who had been hanged after he had 
left England, was told he was dead. " And did 
he continue in the grocery line? " said the former. 
" Oh, no," replied the other, " he was quite in a 
different line when he died." 

405. — In Queen Anne's Reign, the Lord 
Bateman married three wives, all of whom were 
his servants. A beggar woman, meeting him one 
day in the street, made him a very low courtesy : 
" Ah ! God Almighty bless } r ou," said she, " and 
send you a long life ; if you do but live long 
enough, we shall be all ladies in time." 

406.- — A Tanner near Swaffham, in Norfolk, 
invited the supervisor to dine with him, and after 
pushing the bottle about briskly, the supervisor 
took his leave; but in passing through the tan- 
yard, he unfortunately fell into a vat, and called 
lustily for the tanner's assistance to get him out, 
but to no purpose: " For," said the tanner, " if 
I draw any hides without giving twelve hours' 
notice, I shall be exchequered and ruined; but 
I'll go and inform the exciseman." 

407. — A Man who had been quaffing porter 
till he was completely drunk, hiccupped out, that 
porter was both meat and drink. Soon after, 
going home, he tumbled into a ditch ; on which, 
a companion, who was leading him, observed, that 



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it was not only meat and drink to him, but wash- 
ing and lodging too. 

408. — A Highwayman meeting a counsellor 
in his chariot, on the Surrey-road, presented a 
blunderbuss, and demanded his money, with the 
usual compliment. The gentleman readily sur- 
rendered about sixty guineas, but kindly told the 
thief, that, for his own safety, he had better put 
the robbery on the footing of an exchange, by 
selling him the blunderbuss for what he had just 
taken from him. " With all my heart," said the 
highwayman, and gave it to the advocate, who 
immediately turned the muzzle, and told him, 
" that if he did not re-deliver his purse, he would 
shoot him." " That you may do if you can," 
replied Turpin, " for I promise you it is not 
loaded," and rode off very coolly with his booty. 

409. — A Fashionable Countess, asking a 
young nobleman which he thought the prettiest 
flower, roses or tulips, he replied, with- great gal- 
lantry, " Your ladyship's two lips before all the 
roses in the world." 

410. — A Gentleman, who did not live very 
happy with his wife, on the maid telling him that 
she was going to give her mistress warning, as 
she kept scolding her from morning till night — 
" Happy girl ! " said the master, " I wish I could 
give warning too." 

411. — Henry TV. of France, passing 
through a small town, perceived the inhabitants 
assembled to congratulate him on his arrival. 
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a tedious oration, an ass began to bray ; on which 
the king, turning towards the place where the 
noisy animal was, said gravely, " Gentlemen^ one 
at a time, if you please." 

412. — Henry IV. to an excellent wit, added 
most amiable manners, and a most captivating 
address. On General Armand de Biron coming 
into his presence, when he was surrounded by 
some foreign ambassadors, the king immediately 
took Biron by the hand, and said, " Gentlemen, 
this is Marshal Biron, whom I present with equal 
pleasure and confidence to my friends as well as 
my enemies." 

413. — Charlotte Smith was walking along 
Piccadilly a few days ago, when the tray of a 
butcher's boy came in sudden contact with her 
shoulder, and dirtied her dress. " The deuce 
take the tray," exclaimed she, in a pet. " Ah, 
but the deuce can't take the tray," replied young 
rumpsteak, with the greatest gravity. 

414. — A Few Days After the Rye-house 
Plot, Charles II. was walking in St. James's 
Park, without guards or attendants of any kind. 
The Duke of York afterwards remonstrated with 
his royal brother on the imprudence, nay, ab- 
surdity of such conduct. Charles, a little nettled 
to be so reproved, answered quickly, " Brother 
James, take care of yourself, for no man will 
kill me to make you king." 

415. — When Garrick shewed Dr. Johnson 
his fine house, gardens, statues, &c, at Hampton 
Court, what ideas did it awaken in the mind of 






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that great and good man! Instead of a flatter- 
ing compliment, which was expected, "Ah! 
David, David, David," said the Doctor (clap- 
ping his hand upon the little man's shoulder), 
" these are the things, David, which make a 
death-bed terrible! " 

416. — George the Second, who was fond of 
Winston the philosopher, one day, during his 
persecution, said to him, that however right he 
might he in his opinions, he had better suppress 
them. " Had Martin Luther done so," replied 
the philosopher, " your majesty would not have 
been on the throne of England." 

417. — " As you do not belong to my parish," 
said a clergyman to a begging sailor, with a 
wooden leg, " you cannot expect that I should 
relieve you." — " Sir," said the sailor, with a 
noble air, " I lost my leg fighting for all par- 
ishes." 

418. — A Dancer said to a Spartan — " You 
cannot stand so long upon one leg as I can." — 
" True," answered the Spartan, " but any goose 
can." 

419. — A Blind Man who goes about the 
streets of London, whining out a long story 
about his misfortune, has, amongst other prayers 
for the charitable and humane, the following 
curious wish — " May you never see the darkness 
which I now see." 

420. — Demonax, hearing one declaim miser- 
ably, said — " You should practice more." The 
orator answering — " I am always declaiming to 



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myself," he replied — " No wonder you do not 
improve, having so foolish an audience." 

421. — A Highlander, who sold brooms, went 
into a barber's shop, in Glasgow, to get shaved. 
The barber bought one of his brooms, and, after 
having shaved him, asked the price of it. " Tip - 
pence," said the highlander. " No, no," said the 
shaver ; " I'll give you a penny, and if that does 
not satisfy you, take your broom again." The 
highlander took it, and asked what he had to 
pay. " A penny," says Strap. " I'll gie ye a 
baubee," says Duncan, " and if that dinna sat- 
isfy ye, pit on my beard again." 

422. — A Lady asking a gentleman, how it 
was most medical men dressed in black, he replied 
■ — " The meaning is very obvious, as they are 
chiefly occupied in preparing grave subjects." 

423. — A Wealthy Merchant of Fenchurch 
street, lamenting to a confidential friend, that his 
daughter had eloped with one of his footmen, 
concluded, by saying — " Yet I wish to forgive 
the girl, and receive her husband, as it is now too 
late to part them. But then, his condition : how 
can I introduce him ? " — " Nonsense," replied 
his companion ; " introduce him as a Liveryman 
of the City of London. What is more honour- 
able?" 

424. — In a Dispute a Spartan was told he 
lied. He answered — " After I had told you so, 
I would whip you." For in Sparta lying slaves 
were whipped ; and this retort was equal to call- 



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ing the other a slave. Our point of honour was 
unknown to the ancients, who thought the in- 
famy lay in lying, not in being told of it. 

425. — There is a story related of Sir Isaac 
Newton, the celebrated astronomer, that, being 
one day in the country, he saw a shepherd tend- 
ing his flock, and inquired of him how far it was 
to the next town. The shepherd replied — 
" About a mile," and added — " but unless you 
make haste, you will be wetted through before 
you get there." Sir Isaac proceeded ; and as the 
day was uncommonly fine, disregarded the shep- 
herd's caution, till drops of rain began to fall. 
He then quickened his pace; but before he could 
reach the inn, he was thoroughly wetted. Struck 
with the circumstance, when the rain abated, he 
returned to ask the shepherd how he came to 
know that there would be rain, when no signs 
thereof were apparent. The shepherd declined 
explanation. Sir Isaac offered him a guinea, and 
afterwards five ; but still the shepherd refused to 
reveal the secret. At length, Sir Isaac offered 
him twenty guineas ; he then consented, on condi- 
tion that he should have the money in hand be- 
fore he spoke. Sir Isaac complied. The shep- 
herd then said- — "You see that black ram?" 
" Yes," said Sir Isaac ; " but w T hat has that to do 
with the question ? " — -" Why," said the shep- 
herd, " whenever that ram makes for shelter, and 
thrusts his rump into the hedge, I always know 
that rain will fall within a quarter of an 
hour." 



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426. — During the recent unpleasant situation 
of affairs in Ireland, a watch-word was required 
of every passenger after a certain hour, with lib- 
erty for the sentinel to interrogate at will. A 
poor harmless Irishman, travelling from Kil- 
mainey to Kilmore, being asked concerning his 
place of departure, and place of destination, an- 
swered, to the astonishment of the inquirer, " I 
have been to kill-many, and am going to kill- 
more." — " That you shall not," said the sentinel, 
and immediately ran him through with his bay- 
onet. 

427. — Ax Irishman, having bought a sheep's 
head, had been to a friend for a direction to dress 
it. As he was returning, repeating the method, 
and holding his purchase under his arm, a dog 
snatched it, and ran away. " Now, my dear 
joy," said the Irishman, " what a fool you make 
of yourself ! what use will it be to you, as you 
don't know how it is to be dressed? " 

428. — An Irishman meeting an acquaint- 
ance, thus accosted him : " Ah, my dear, who do 
you think I have just been speaking to? your old 
friend Patrick ; faith, and he is grown so thin, 
I hardly knew him ; to be sure, you are thin, and 
I am thin, but he is thinner than both of us put 
together." 

.429. — An Irishman seeing a large quantity 
of potatoes standing in a market-place, observed 
to a bystander, " what a fine show of potatoes." 
" Yes, they are," replied he, " very fine potatoes ; 
I see you have the name quite pat ; how do you 



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call them in your country? 



All, faith ! " re- 



turned the Irishman, " we never call 'em ; when 
we want any, we go and dig them." 

430. — Englishmen who sojourn, even for a 
short time, in Ireland, speedily lose all their 
prejudices against the country, and blend in all 
the convivial eccentricities of the place. So 
seductive is example and so epidemical the infec- 
tion of good humour. A Briton named Moore, 
who settled as a wholesale cheesemonger in Dub- 
lin, was fascinated by the social habits of his Hi- 
bernian acquaintance, and interchanged with 
them all the cheap hospitalities of beef, turkeys, 
and whiskey punch. Having removed to a new 
habitation, and given, what is called a jovial 
housewarming to a numerous company, the cheer- 
ful jug went around with ceaseless motion, oc- 
casionally replenished from a large china jar of 
ten gallons dimension, which was Moore's favour- 
ite urn on similar occasions, and upon which, 
when tipsey, he never failed to launch out in high 
encomiums. An arch wag in the room, yclept 
Charley Shiel, an eminent auctioneer, perceiving 
that his host was far gone when he mounted his 
favourite hobby-horse, the china jar, joined in 
the praises of this extraordinary vessel, adding, 
that there were but two of them came from China 
in three ships ; that he had sold one fellow of it 
to Lord Howth five years before for twenty 
guineas, and that the noble lord would cheer- 
fully give three hundred for this, if he knew 
where to find it. " Oh ! come, Charley," said 



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Moore, who smcllcd a hoax, " } T ou arc flinging the 
hatchet quite too far, it only cost me a guinea 
and a half, and I would sell it for ten.'^ Shiel, 
mustering all his gravity, rejoined, " My dear 
Moore, you don't know the value of that jar; it 
is the true Whang Tong malleable china, and 
I'd lay you any wager that the strongest porter 
you can find would not be able to break it with a 
dozen strokes of your largest kitchen poker." — 
" Done," said Moore, " that I will do it myself 
in half a dozen strokes." — " Done with you," 
said Shiel, " for a gallon of porter that you 
don't." The wager thus settled, Moore called for 
the large kitchen poker, and stripping off his 
coat to remove all impediments to his strength, 
dealt with all his might an Herculean blow upon 
the jar, which, wonderful to relate, was smashed 
in a thousand pieces. — Shiel, without moving a 
muscle of his countenance, gravely acknowl- 
edged that Mr. Moore had certainly won the 
wager, and threw down his shilling to pay the 
bet, observing, that this was the first time in his 
life he ever saw such a jar broke in the same man- 
ner. — Moore, like an Arabian seer, stood for 
some time astounded by the effects of this rash 
stroke upon his favourite talisman, but recover- 
ing a little and perceiving the hoax by which he 
had been deluded, fury kindled in his eve, and he 
was looking out anxiously for some favourable 
spot on the head of the hoaxer, whereon to be- 
stow the next stroke of the poker; but the in- 
sidious Shiel, seeing the storm rising, thought fit 



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to decamp, laughing in his sleeve at the success 
of his mischievous joke. 

431. — An Irish Gentleman meeting an 
Englishman, thus addressed him : " Ah, my dear, 
is it you ? when I saw you at the other end of the 
street, I thought you were your cousin ; as you 
came nearer, I thought you were yourself; and 
now I see you are your brother." 

432. — A Culprit asked Jack Ketch, if he had 
any commands to the other world ? " Why, said 
Jack, " not many ; I'll only," added he, as he 
had adjusted the knot under his left ear, " just 
trouble you with a line." 

433. — Dean Swift once dining with the 
mayor of Dublin, was served with a part of duck, 
and asking for apple-sauce, was told by the 
mayor that there was none ; upon which he cut an 
apple-pie, and put a spoonful of the apples on 
his plate. The mayor exclaimed, " Why, doctor, 
you eat duck like a goose." 

434. — Private Theatricals are a very 
great nuisance, and ought to be entirely sup- 
pressed. The number of illiterate coxcombs who 
nightly murder Shakspeare, and the unfortunate 
females who are hurried into these receptacles of 
vice, if not under parental control, ought to be 
rescued by the police from the misery that awaits 
them. Some time age a tailor's apprentice was 
exhibiting Macbeth at one of these theatres, and 
having exclaimed — 

" I have done the deed ! " 



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a respectable man stood up in the pit, and called 
out, " That's not true — you hav'n't mended Mr. 
Smith's breeches, for which your back shall smart 
severely when you get home." 

435. — A Clodhopper, of the real Sussex 
breed, underwent a sharp cross-examination by 
a learned counsel, on a late trial, in the course of 
which he was asked, who his sleeping partner in 
business was. " My sleeping partner? " replied 
Hodge, scratching his head, and giving his hat 
which he held by the band in his other hand an- 
other turn, and staring at the same time at the 
counsellor, as much as to say, " I'se wonder what 
the devil's coming next — my sleeping partner? 
Dang it, I'se got noa sleeping partner but 
Mary." The court was convulsed with laughter ; 
when it had somewhat subsided, the counsel re- 
sumed — " You say your sleeping partner is 
Mary — pray, who is Mary?" — "Why doesn't 
thee know Mary? " rejoined Hodge, grinning 
till his fat red cheeks almost closed his eyes — 
" why she's my wife to be sure." 

436. — A Young Couple, at Paris, lately go- 
ing to the mayor, to have the civil ceremony of 
marriage performed, the young lady, in step- 
ping out of the carriage, entangled her lace dress 
in the step, and tore it. " How stupid" ex- 
claimed the gentleman. The lady took no notice 
of this ungallant expression, and the party went 
into the hotel of the mayor. But upon being 
asked whether she consented to take the gentle- 
man present for her husband, she replied, " Not 



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so stupid; " which was the only answer that 
could he obtained from her. 

437. — Dr. South, once preaching before 
Charles II. (who was not very often in a church), 
observing that the monarch, and all his attend- 
ants, began to nod, and, as nobles are common 
men when they are asleep, some of them soon 
after snored, on which he broke off his sermon, 
and called — " Lord Lauderdale, let me entreat 
you to rouse }^oursclf ; you snore so loud that you 
will wake the king." 

438.— The Benevolent Dr. Wilson once 
discovered a clergyman at Bath, who he was in- 
formed was sick, poor, and had a numerous fam- 
ily. In the evening, he gave a friend fifty 
pounds, requesting he would deliver it in the 
most delicate manner, and as from an unknown 
person. The friend replied, " I will wait upon 
him early in the morning." — " You will oblige 
me by calling directly. Think, Sir, of what im- 
portance a good night's rest may be to that 
poor man." 

439. — In a Law Suit respecting boundaries, 
the counsel on both sides explained their claims 
on a plan — " My lord," said one, " we lie on 
this side ; " and the other said, " My lord, we lie 
on this side." — " Nay," said the judge, " if you 
lie on both sides, I can believe neither of 
you." 

440. — Lord M , with no very large 

portion of either wit or wisdom, had a very ex- 
alted opinion of his own powers. When once in 



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a large company, and expatiating about himself, 
he made the following pointed remark : " When 
I happen to say a foolish thing, I always burst 
out laughing! " — " I envy you your happiness, 
my lord, then," said Charles Townsend, " for you 
must certainly live the merriest life of any man 
in Europe." 

441. — A Gentleman said he had travelled 
over the four quarters of the world; and among 
the curiosities he had remarked, there was one of 
which no author had taken notice. This wonder, 
according to him, was a cabbage, so large, and 
so high, that under each of its leaves fifty armed 
horsemen could put themselves into battle array, 
and perform the manual exercise, without hin- 
dering one another. Somebody that listened to 
him, did not amuse himself with refuting that 
story, but very seriously told that he had also 
travelled, and had been as far as Japan, where 
he was amazed to see more than three hundred 
workmen, who were busy fabricating a copper ; 
a hundred and fifty were employed inside in the 
polishing of it. " To what use could be this 
enormous vessel? " said the traveller. " No 
doubt it was," answered he immediately, " to boil 
the cabbage you have just spoken of." 

442. — Lord Norbury was asking the reason 
of the delay that happened in a cause, and he 
was answered, it was because Mr. Sergeant Joy, 
who was to lead, was absent, but Mr. Hope, the 
solicitor, had said that he would return im- 



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mediately ; when his lordship humourously re- 
peated the well-known lines — 

" Hope told a flattering tale, 
That Joy would soon return." 

443. — A Labourer's Daughter, who had 
been in service from her childhood, when weary, 
would be frequently wishing to be married, that, 
as she emphatically termed it, she might rest her 
bones. Hymen at last listened to her prayers, 
and a neighbouring clodhopper led her to the 
altar, nothing loth. Some time afterwards her 
late mistress, meeting her, asked her, " Well, 
Mary, have you rested your bones yet? " " Yes, 
indeed," replied she, with a sigh, " / have rested 
my jaw-bones." 

444. — A Noble Lord, not over^courageous, 
was once so far engaged in an affair of honour, 
as to be drawn to Hyde Park to fight a duel. 
But just as he came to the Porter's Lodge, an 
empty hearse came by ; on which his lordship's 
antagonist, who was a droll officer, well known, 
called out to the driver, " Stop here, my good 
fellow, a few minutes, and I'll send you a fare." 
This operated so strongly on his lordship's 
nerves, that he begged the officer's pardon,, and 
returned home in a whole skin. 

445. — " I Can't Conceive," said one noble- 
man to another, " how it is that you manage. I 
am convinced that you are not of a temper to 
spend more than your income ; and yet, though 
your estate is less than mine, I could not afford 



188 JOE MILLER 

to live at the rate you do." — " Mj lord," said the 
other, " I have a place." — " A place? you amaze 
me, I never heard of it till now — pray what 
place? " — " I am my own steward." 

446. — The Celebrated Duchess of Gram- 
mont, on being brought before the revolutionary 
tribunal, was asked by Fonquier Tinville, the 
public accuser, if it was not true that she had 
sent money to her emigrant children? " I was 
about to say, no," replied she ; " but my life is 
not worth saving by a falsehood." 

447. — Lord Eedon tells with pleasure the 
difficulties with which, in his early days, he was 
surrounded and over which he triumphed — We 
give an account of his early successes, as he re- 
lated it himself at table to a friend : — " Yes," 
said the Chancellor, " and I borrowed thirty 
pounds to go the northern circuit, but / got no 
briefs. And, Sir, I borrowed another thirty, 
but met with no return. After some time at this 
game, I had determined to borrow no more ; when 
I was prevailed on by a friend to try again, and 
did so. At York, I had a junior brief, and 
Davenport, then a leading counsel on the circuit, 
was to state the case to the jury. The cause 
was called on in the morning, and Davenport 
was engaged in the Crown Court : " I," said the 
Chancellor, "begged the judge to postpone it; 
but he replied, ' You must lead, Mr. Scott,' and 
I did so ; it was an action for an assault ; two 
Yorkshire ladies had quarrelled at cards ; a 



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scuffle ensued ; and one of them turned off her 
chair on the ground ; this was the nature of the 
assault. It happened," proceeded the Chan- 
cellor, " that I set the court in a roar of laughter, 
and succeeded for my client; retainers began to 
flow in, and the prospect brightened. On pro- 
ceeding to Carlisle, a fortunate circumstance oc- 
curred. I had retired early to bed the night be- 
fore the assizes, when I was aroused by a knock 

at my door; on getting up, I found Mr. , 

the solicitor, with a large brief in his hand ; he 
observed that a cause was coming on in the morn- 
ing, and the leading counsel were all too much 
engaged to read so large a brief — " You must 
take it, Mr. Scott ; " I hesitated, as Davenport 
and others had declined it, and expressed my 
doubt of being able to accomplish the task. He 
pressed me, and by the little light, as the attor- 
ney put the brief (it was a thick brief) into my 
hand, I saw written on it, ■ Mr. Scott, twenty 
guineas,' This was not to be refused, and I 
said, " Well, I promise to read your brief, and 
state* its substance." — " That's all we want," re- 
plied the solicitor ; so I dressed myself and read 
it. The next day I succeeded in the cause, and 
never wanted briefs again." 

448. — Theophilus Cibber, who was very ex- 
travagant, one day asked his father for a hun- 
dred pounds. " Zounds, Sir," said Colly, " can't 
3 r ou live upon your salary? When I was your 
age, I never spent a farthing of my father's 



190 JOE MILLER 

money." — " But you have spent a great deal of 
my father's," replied Theophilus. This retort 
had the desired effect. 

449. — Bishop Hall Relates, that there was 
a certain nobleman of his dsij, who kept a fool, 
to whom he one day gave a staff (a thing com- 
monly used in walking at that time by all pedes- 
trians, whether rich or poor), with a charge to 
keep it till he should meet with one who was a 
greater fool than himself. Not many 3^ears 
after, the nobleman fell sick even unto death. 
The fool came to see him ; his sick lord said to 
him — " I must shortly leave you." — " And 
whither are you going? " asked the fool. " Into 
another world," replied his lordship. " And 
when will you come back again? Within a 
month ? " — " No." — " Within a year ? " — 
"No." — "When then?" — "Never." — 
" Never ! " echoed the fool, " and what provision 
hast thou made for thy entertainment there 
whither thou goest? "— " None at all."—" No," 
exclaimed the fool, " none at all ! Here, then, 
take my staff; for, with all my folly, I am not 
guilty of any such folly as this." 

450. — Queen Caroline, consort of George 
the Second, was remarkable for having the larg- 
est feet of any female in the kingdom. One 
morning as her majesty was walking on the banks 
of the river near Richmond, attended only by one 
lady, venturing too far on the sand, from which 
the \\ater had recently ebbed, she sunk in up to 
her ancles, and in endeavouring to extricate her- 



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self, lost one of her galloches; at that instant, 
the lady observing a waterman rowing by, re- 
quested he would land, and recover the queen's 
slipper. The request was instantly complied 
with, and whilst the son of Old Thames was, 
with evident marks of astonishment in his coun- 
tenance, examining its extraordinary size, turn- 
ing to her majesty, he inquired if that was her 
slipper. On being answered in the affirmative, 
he bluntly replied — " Then, I am out of my 
reckoning, for I mistook it for a child's cradle." 
451. — At the commencement of a public din- 
ner at Guildhall, on Lord Mayor's Day, Mr. 
Chamberlain Wilkes lisped out — " Mr. Alder- 
man Burnell, shall I help you to a plate of turtle, 
or a slice of the haunch? I am within reach of 
both." — " Neither one nor t'other, I thank you, 
Sir," replied the alderman ; " I think I shall dine 
on the beans and bacon, which are at this end of 

the table." — " Mr. Alderman A n, which 

would you choose, Sir? " continued the chamber- 
lain. " Sir, I will not trouble you for either, for 
I believe I shall follow the example of my brother 
Burnell, and dine on the beans and bacon," was 
the reply. On this second refusal, the old 
chamberlain rose from his seat, and with every 
mark of astonishment in his countenance, curled 
up the corners of his mouth, cast his eyes around 
the table, and in a voice as loud and articulate 
as he was able, called — " Silence ; " which being 
obtained, he then addressed the Praetorian Mag- 
istrate, who sat in the chair : — " My Lord 



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Mayor, the wicked have accused us of intemper- 
ance, and branded us with the imputation of 
gluttony; that they may be put to open shame, 
and their profane tongues be from this day si- 
lenced, I humbly move that your lordship com- 
mand the proper officer to record in our annals — 
that two Aldermen of the City of London, prefer 
beans and bacon to either venison or turtle 
soup." 

452. — Two City Merchants conversing 
upon business at the door of the New York 
Coffee house, one of them made some remarks on 
the badness of the times ; and perceiving at the 
moment, a flight of pigeons passing over their 
heads, he exclaimed — " How happy are these 
pigeons ! they have no acceptances to provide 
for." To which the other replied — " You are 
rather in error, my friend, for they have their 
bills to provide for as w T ell as we ! " 

453.— An Irishman having lost an eye, a 
friend of his recommended him to one of our fa- 
mous oculists, with whom he had agreed to give 
ten guineas for a beautiful one shown him among 
the rest. He actually called the next day to 
abuse him for having sold him an eye with which 
he could not see. 

454. — A Traveller coming into the kitchen 
of an inn, in a very cold night, stood so jlose to 
the fire that he burnt his boots. An arch rogue, 
who sat in the chimney-corner, cried out to him, 
" Sir, you'll burn your spurs presently." — " My 
boots, you mean, I suppose," said the gentleman. 



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— " No, Sir," replied the other, " they are burnt 
already." 

455. — An Irish Bookseller, previous to a 
trial in which he was the defendant, was informed 
by his counsel, that if there were any of the jury 
to whom he had any personal objections, he 
might legally challenge them. " Faith, and so I 
will," replied he, " if they do not bring me off 
handsomely, I will challenge every man of them." 

456- — A Foolish Fellow went off to the par- 
ish priest, and told him, with a very long face, 
that he had seen a ghost. " When and where ? " 
said the pastor. — " Last night," replied the timid 
man, " I was passing by the church, and up 
against the wall of it did I behold the spectre." 
— " In what shape did it appear? " replied the 
priest. — " It appeared in the shape of a great 
ass." — " Go home, and hold your tongue about 
it," rejoined the pastor, " you are a very timid 
man, and have been frightened by your own 
shadow." 

457. — After a certain military company had 
dined, and their commander thought a longer 
circulation of the glass might tend to prevent 
the regularity of their return, he exclaimed jo- 
cosely, " Attention ! charge bayonets ! " to which 
one of the company cleverly replied, " As we are 
in the rear rank, if you please, we will remain at 
port.'" 

458. — An Irishman carrying a cradle was 
stopped by an old woman and thus accosted: 
" So, Sir, you have got some of the fruits of mat- 



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rimoriy." — " Softly, softly, old lady," said he, 
" you mistake, this is merely the fruit basket." 

459. — A Cowardly Fellow, much given to 
apparent courage, or boasting (as most cowards 
are), having spoken impertinently to a gentle- 
man, received a violent box on the ear. Sum- 
moning his most authoritative tone, he demanded, 
whether that was meant in earnest. " Yes, Sir," 
replied the other, without hesitation. The cow- 
ard, thinking he should have frightened him, 
now turned away, saying, " I am glad of it, Sir, 
for I do not like such jests." 

460. — An Irish Gentleman, meeting his 
nephew who told him he had just entered college, 
replied, " I am extremely happy to hear it ; make 
the most of your time and abilities, and I hope I 
shall live to hear you preach my funeral sermon." 

461. — An Old Gentleman, who used to fre- 
quent one of the coffee-houses in Dublin, being 
unwell, thought Jie might make so free as to steal 
an opinion concerning his case; accordingly, 
one day he took the opportunity of asking one of 
the faculty, who sat in the same box with him, 
what he should take for such a complaint? " I'll 
tell you," said the doctor, " you should take ad- 
vice." 

462.— As a Clergyman was burying a corpse, 
a poor woman came, and pulled him by the sleeve 
in the middle of the service. " Sir, Sir, I want 
to speak with you."—" Prithee wait, woman, till 
I have done." — " No, Sir, I must speak to you 
immediately. "— " Well, then, what is the mat- 



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ter? " — " Why, Sir, you are going to bury a 
man who died of the small-pox, near my poor 
husband, who never had it." 

463. — When Mrs. Glynn made her entree as 
Lady Townly, some years since, in Dublin, three 
high-bred women of fashion, in the stage-box, 
grossly insulted her, by talking loud, coughing;, 
&c. The' actress, greatly distressed, stopped, 
burst into tears, and retired. The ladies, un- 
abashed, for a moment enjoyed their triumph, 
when a great uproar ensued, and " Go on, go 
on," was heard from all parts of the house. A 
young collegian then suddenly jumped on one of 
the benches in the middle of the pit, and ex- 
claimed to the audience, " My friends, who sit 
about me are determined the play shall not go on, 
till those drunken men in women's clothes leave 
the stage-box." This address was universally 
applauded, and being followed by a shower of 
oranges and apples from both galleries, the Am- 
azons retired in the utmost confusion, amidst the 
hisses of the spectators. 

464. — Several Years Ago, two brothers 
went to Jamaica : they were, by trade, black- 
smiths. Finding, soon after their arrival, they 
could do nothing without a little money to begin 
with, but that with sixty or seventy pounds, they 
might be able, with industry, to get on a little, 
they hit upon the following novel and ingenious 
expedient. One of them stripped the other 
naked, shaved him close, and blacked him from 
head to foot. This being done, he took him to 



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one of the negro-dealers, who, after viewing and 
approving his stout athletic appearance, ad- 
vanced eighty pounds currency upon the bill of 
sale, and prided himself upon the purchase, sup- 
posing him to be one of the finest negroes on the 
island. The same evening, this new-manufac- 
tured negro made his escape to his brother, 
washed himself clean, and resumed his former ap- 
pearance. Rewards were in vain offered in hand- 
bills, pursuit was eluded, and discovery, by care 
and precaution, rendered impracticable. The 
brothers with the money commenced business, and 
actually returned to England, with a fortune of 
several thousand pounds. Previous, however, to 
their departure from the island, they waited upon 
the gentleman from whom they had received the 
mone}^, and recalling the circumstance of the ne- 
gro to his recollection, paid him both principal 
and interest, with thanks. 

4<65. — The Late Counsellor Egan, Chair- 
man of the Quarter Sessions for Dublin, was so 
remarkable for his lenity to female culprits, that 
a woman was seldom convicted when he presided. 
On one ocasion, when this humane barrister was 
not in the chair, a prim looking woman was put 
to the bar of the Commission court, at which pre- 
sided the equally humane, but perhaps not so gal- 
lant, Baron L . She was indicted for utter- 
ing forged bank notes. According to usual form 
of law, the clerk of the Crown asked the prisoner 
if she was ready to take her trial ? With becom- 
ing disdain, she answered, " No ! " She was told 



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by the clerk, she must give her reasons why. As 
if scorning to hold conversation with the fellow, 
she thus addresed his lordship, " My lord, I won't 
be tried here at all, I'll be tried by my lord 
,Egan." The simplicity of the woman, coupled 
with the well-known character of Egan, caused a 
roar of laughter in the court, which even the 

bench could not resist. Baron L , with his 

usual mildness, endeavoured to explain the im- 
possibility of her being tried by the popular 
judge, and said, " He can't try you," when the 
woman stopped him short, and exclaimed, " Can't 
try me ! I beg your pardon, my lord, he has tried 
me twice before." She was tried, however, and 
for the third time acquitted. 

466. — A Gentleman on a stage-coach, pass- 
ing through the city of Bath, and observing a 
handsome edifice, inquired of the driver what 
building it was ? The driver replied, " It is the 
Unitarian Church." — " Unitarian ! " said the 
gentleman, " and what is that? " — " I don't 
know," said Jehu, " but I believe it is in the op- 
position line." 

467. — A Farmer in the neighbourhood of 
Doncaster, was thus accosted by his landlord: — 
" John, I am going to raise your rent." John 
replied, " Sir, I am very much obliged to you, for 
I cannot raise it myself." 

468. — George I., on a journey to Hanover, 
stopped at a village in Holland, and while the 
horses were getting ready, he asked for two or 
three eggs, which were brought him, and charged 



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two hundred florins. "How is this?" said his 
majesty, " eggs must be very scarce in this 
place." — " Pardon me," said the host, " eggs are 
plenty enough, but kings are scarce." The king 
smiled, and ordered the money to be paid. 

469. — A Dispute about precedence once arose 
between a Bishop and a Judge, and, after some 
altercation, the latter thought he should quite 
confound his opponent by quoting the following 
passage: — "For on these two hang all the law 
and the prophets." — " Do you not see," said the 
lawyer, in triumph, " that even in this passage of 
scripture, we are mentioned first? " — " I grant 
you," said the bishop, " you hang first." 

470. — When the first edition of Thomson's 
Seasons came out, the poet sent a copy, hand- 
somely bound, to Sir Gilbert Elliott, of Minto, 
afterwards Lord Justice Clerk, who had shewn 
him great kindness. Sir Gilbert shewed the book 
to his gardener, a relation of Thomson, who took 
the book into his hands, and turning it over and 
over, and gazing on it with admiration, Sir Gil- 
bert said to him, " Well, David, what do you 
think of James Thomson now? there's a book will 
make him famous all the world over, and immor- 
talize his name." David, looking now at Sir Gil- 
bert, then at the book, said, " Iv? troth, Sir, it is 
a grand book ! I did not think the lad had inge- 
nuity enow to ha' done sic a neat piece of handi- 
craft." 

471 . — Two bucks riding on the western road 
on a Sunday morning, met a lad driving a flock 



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of sheep towards the metropolis ; when one of 
them accosted him with " Pr'ythee, Jack, which 
is the way to Windsor? " — " How did you know 
my name was Jack? " said the boy, staring in 
their faces. " We are conjurors, young Hob- 
nail," said the gentlemen, laughing. " Oh ! 
you be ! then you don't want I to show you the 
way to Windsor," replied the lad, pursuing his 
journey. 

472. — A Negro from Montserrat, where the 
Hiberno-Celtic is spoken by all classes, happened 
to be on the wharf at Philadelphia when a num- 
ber of Irish emigrants were landed; and seeing 
one of them with a wife and four children, he 
stepped forward to assist the family on shore. 
The Irishman, in his native tongue, expressed 
his surprise at the civility of the negro ; who, un- 
derstanding what had been said, replied, in Irish, 
that he need not be astonished, for he was a bit of 
an Irishman himself. The Irishman, surprised 
to hear a black man speak his dialect, it entered 
his mind, with the usual rapidity of the Irish 
fancy, that he really was an Irishman, but that 
the climate had, no doubt, changed his com- 
plexion. " If I may be so bold, Sir," said he, 
" may I ask you how long you have been 
in this country? " The negro-man, who had 
only come hither on a voyage, said he had 
been in Philadelphia only about four months. 
Poor Patrick turned round to his wife and 
children, and, looking as if for the last time 
on their rosy cheeks, concluding that in four 



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months they must also change their complexions, 
exclaimed, " O Merciful Powers ! — Judy, did you 
hear that ? he has not been more than four months 
in this country, and he is already almost as black 
as jet." 

473. — When Whitfield preached before the 
seamen at New York, he had the following bold 
apostrophe in his sermon : — " Well, my boys, we 
have a clear sky, and are making fine headway 
over a smooth sea, before a light breeze, and we 
shall soon lose sight of land. But what means 
this sudden lowering of the Heavens, and that 
dark cloud arising from beneath the western hori- 
zon? Hark! Don't you hear distant thunder? 
Don't you see those flashes of lightning? There 
is a storm gathering ! Every man to his duty ! 
Plow the waves rise and dash against the ship ! 
The air is dark ; The tempest rages ! Our masts 
are gone ! The ship is on her beam ends ! 
What next? " — It is said that the unsuspecting 
tars, reminded of former perils on the deep, as if 
struck by the power of magic, arose, with united 
voices and minds, and exclaimed, " Take to the 
long boat ! " 

474. — A Dashing Buck, having just mounted 
a fashionable great coat, trimmed with a profu- 
sion of fur, lately asked an old gentleman how 
he liked his new kick? " Upon my word, Sir," 
said lie, " I like it extremely, for it reminds me of 
a very excellent fable." — "What is that? "re- 
turned the interrogator. — " The Ass in the 
Lion's Skin," was the answer. 



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475. — An Irish Soldier passing through a 
meadow near Cork, a large mastiff ran at him, 
and he stabbed the dog with a spear that he had 
in his hand. The master of the dog brought him 
before the magistrate, who asked him why he had 
not rather struck the dog with the butt end of 
his weapon. " So I should," said the soldier, " if 
he had run at me with his tail." 

476. — At the Siege of Tortona, the com- 
mander of the army which lay before the town, 
ordered Carew, an Irish officer in the service of 
Naples, to advance with a detachment to a par- 
ticular post. Having given his orders, he whis- 
pered to Carew, " Sir, I know you to be a gal- 
lant man ; I have therefore put you upon this 
duty. I tell you in confidence, it is certain death 
for you all. I place you there to make the enemy 
spring a mine below you." Carew made a bow to 
the general, and led on his men in silence to the 
dreadful post. He there stood with an undaunted 
countenance, and having called to one of the sol- 
diers for a draught of wine, " Here," said he, " I 
drink to all those who bravely fall in battle." 
Fortunately at that instant Tortona capitulated, 
and Carew escaped. Bub he had thus a full op- 
portunity of displaying a rare instance of de- 
termined intrepidity. 

477. — Mr. Jeremy White, one of Oliver 
Cromwell's domestic chaplains, a sprightly man, 
and one of the chief wits of the court, was so 
ambitious as to make his addresses to Oliver's 
youngest daughter, the Lady Frances The 



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young lady did not discourage him ; but in so re- 
ligious a court this gallantry could not be carried 
on without being taken notice of. The Protector 
was told of it and was much concerned thereat ; 
he ordered the person who told him to keep a 
strict lookout, promising if he could give him 
any substantial proofs, he should be well re- 
warded, and White severely punished. 

The spy followed his business so close, that 
in a little time he dogged Jerry White, as he was 
generally called, to the lady's chamber, and ran 
immediately to the Protector, to acquaint him 
that they were together. 

Oliver, in a rage, hastened to the chamber, and, 
going in hastily, found Jerry on his knees, either 
kissing the lady's hand, or having just kissed it. 
Cromwell, in a fury, asked what was the mean- 
ing of that posture before his daughter Frances? 
White, with a great deal of presence of mind, 
said, " May it please your highness, I have a long 
time courted that young gentlewoman there, my 
lady's woman, and cannot prevail ; I was there- 
fore humbly praying her ladyship to intercede 
for me." 

The Protector, turning to the young woman, 
cried, " What's the meaning of this, hussy ; why 
do you refuse the honour Mr. White would do 
you? he is my friend, and I expect you should 
treat him as such." My lady's woman, who de- 
sired nothing more, with a very low curtesy, re- 
plied, " If Mr. White intends me that honour, I 
shall not be against him." — " Sayest thou so, my 



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lass? " cried Cromwell, " call Goodwyn ; this busi- 
ness shall be done presently, before I go out of 
the room." 

Mr. White was gone too far to go back; his 
brother parson came ; Jerry and my lady's woman 
were married in the presence of the Protector, 
who gave her five hundred pounds for her por- 
tion, which, with what she had saved before, made 
Mr. White easy in his circumstances, except that 
he never loved his wife, nor she him, though they 
lived together near fifty years afterwards. 

478.^— Lady W is celebrated in Ireland 

for wit and beauty. Happening to be at an as- 
sembly in Dublin, a young gentleman, the son of 
his majesty's printer, who had the patent for 
publishing Bibles, made his appearance, dressed 
in green and gold. Being a new face, and ex- 
tremely elegant, he attracted the attention of the 
whole company. A general murmur prevailed in 

the room, to learn who he was ; Lady W 

instantly made answer, loud enough to be heard, 
" Oh ! don't you know T him ? It is young Bible, 
bound in calf and gilt, but not letter'd." 

479. — A Very Harmless Irishman eating an 
apple pie with some quinces in it ; " Arrah, dear 
honey," said he, " if a few of these quinces gave 
such a flavour, how would an apple pie taste made 
of all quinces? " 

480. — A Brave Tar, with a wooden leg, who 
was on board Admiral Duncan's fleet in the en- 
gagement with the Dutch, having the misfor- 
tune to have the other shot off, as his comrades 



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were conveying him to the surgeon, notwith- 
standing the poignancy of his agonies, could not 
suppress his joke, sa}dng, " It was high time 
for him to leave off play when his last pin was 
bowled down." 

481. — It is a superstition with some surgeons 
who beg the bodies of condemned malefactors, 
to go to the jail, and bargain for the carcass 
with the criminal himself. An honest gentleman 
did so last sessions, and was admitted to the 
condemned men on the morning wherein they 
died. The surgeon communicated his business, 
and fell into discourse with a little fellow who 
refused twelve shillings, and insisted upon 
fifteen for his body. The fellow who killed the 
officer of Newgate, very forwardly, and like a 
man who was willing to deal, said, " Look you, 
Mr. Surgeon, that little dry fellow, who has been 
half-starved all his life, and is now half dead 
with fear, cannot answer your purpose. I have 
ever lived highly and freely, my veins are full, 
I have not pined in imprisonment ; you see my 
crest swells to your knife, and after Jack Ketch 
has done, upon my honour 3^ou'll find me as 
sound as e'er a bullock in any of the markets. 
Come, for twenty shillings I am your man." 
Says the surgeon, " Done, there's a guinea." 
The witty rogue took the money, and as soon as 
lie had it in his fist, cries, " Bite, Vm to be hanged 
hi chains." 

482. — Ik a Company, consisting of naval of- 
ficers, the discourse happened to turn on the fe- 



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rocity of small animals ; when an Irish gentleman 
present stated his opinion to be, that a Kilkenny 
cat, of all animals, was the most ferocious ; and 
added, " I can prove my asertion by a fact within 
my own knowledge : — I once," said he, " saw two 
of these animals fighting in a timber yard, and 
willing to see the result of a long battle, I drove 
them into a deep saw-pit, and placing some 
boards over the mouth, left them to their amuse- 
ment. Next morning I went to see the conclu- 
sion of the fight, and what d' ye thing I saw? " — 
" One of the cats dead, probably," replied one of 
the company. " No, by St. Patrick, there was 
nothing left in the pit, but the two tails, and a 
bit of flue! " 

483. — When Captain Grose first went over 
to Ireland his curiosity led him to see everything 
in the capital worth seeing: in the course of his 
perambulation, he one evening strolled into the 
principal meat market of Dublin, when the butch- 
ers, as usual set up the constant cry of "What do 
you buy, master? " Brosc parried this for some 
time by saying, " he wanted nothing ; " at last a 
butcher starts from his stall, and eyeing Grose's 
figure from top to bottom, which was something 
like Dr. Slop's, in Tristam Shandy, exclaimed, 
" Well, Sir, though you don't want any thing at 
present, only say you buy your meat of me, and 
you'll make my fortune." 

484. — The Wife of a Scotch Laird being 
suddenly taken very ill, the husband ordered a 
servant to get a horse ready to go to the next 



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town for the doctor. By the time, however, the 
horse was ready, and his letter to the doctor writ- 
ten, the lady recovered, on which he added the 
f olowing postscript, and sent off the messenger : 
" My wife being recovered, you need not come." 

485. — Lord Townshend's Butler, in pre- 
paring the cloth for a choice festival, was un- 
lucky enough to break a dozen of china plates, 
of a rare and beautiful design. " You block- 
head," cries his lordship, meeting him presently 
after, with another dozen in his hand, " how did 
you do it?" — "Upon my soul, my lord, they 
happened to fall just so," replied the fellow, and 
instantly dashed them also upon the marble 
hearth into a thousand pieces. 

486. — A Nobleman, of the thick blood of 
the Irish nation, paid his addresses to the daugh- 
ter of a friend, who valued money more than an- 
cestry : the old gentleman hinted to his lordship, 
that he supposed his fortune was equivalent to 
his daughter's ? " Why no, Sir," replied his 
lordship, " I cannot say 'tis altogether so con- 
siderable? but then you know, Sir, there is my 
blood." — " Your blood? " returns the gentleman ; 
" if you squander my daughter's fortune away, 
she must not depend on your blood for a sub- 
sistence: a hog's blood would be of more service 
then, and would make much better puddings." 

487. — In a Convivial Assembly, some of the 
company questioning, whether the hamlet of Au- 
burn, in the county of Westmeath, was really 
the subject of Dr, Goldsmith's Deserted Village, 



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and a doubt arising from the circumstance of the 
doctor's not having been actually on the spot 
when he composed that pathetic piece, an old 
Irish gentleman present, with the zeal of a warm 
defender of his country's rightful honour, ex- 
claimed, " Why, gentlemen, was Milton actually 
in hell when he wrote his Paradise Lost? " 

488. — A Lady of Quality sending her Irish 
footman to fetch home a pair of new stays, 
strictly charged him to take a coach if it rained, 
for fear of wetting them ; but a great shower of 
rain falling, the fellow returned with the stays 
dripping wet, and' being severely reprimanded 
for not doing as he was ordered, he said, he had 
obeyed his orders. " How then," answered the 
lady, " could the stays be wet, if you took them 
into the coach with you? " — '* No, no," replied 
the man, " I know my place better. I did not go 
into the coach, but rode behind, as I always do," 

489. — An Irishman, going down the High- 
street of Glasgow, met a person whom he thought 
he knew ; but Pat, rinding his mistake, " I beg 
your pardon," says he, " I thought it was you, 
and you thought it was me, but by St. Patrick it 
is none of us." 

490. — By the Lord Lieutenant and 
Council of Ireland. 

" A proclamation. — Whereas the greatest 
economy is necessary in all species of grain, and 
especially in the consumption of potatoes." 

491. — An Irish Boy saw a train of his com- 
panions loaded with kishes, or baskets, of turf 



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coming towards his father's cabin. His father 
had no turf, and how to get some was the ques- 
tion ; " to dig he was unwilling, and to beg he was 
ashamed." He took up a turf which had fallen 
from a cart the preceding da} T , and stuck it on a 
pole. When the lads passed, he appeared throw- 
ing turf at the mark. " Boys," cried he, " who 
can hit it? " Each kish boy, in passing, tried, 
perhaps several throws, and when the whole had 
passed, there was a heap left sufficient to reward 
the ingenuity of the arch rogue. 

492. — Swift riding out one da} 7 , met a parish- 
ioner capitally mounted, and began to pay him 
compliments on his horse. " Mr. Dean," said the 
other, " he is very well, but still not equal to 
yours." — " To mine," returned Swift, " why this 
is a mere pad." — " Aye," replied the other, " but 
he carries the best head of any horse in Ireland." 

493. — Ix oxe of the late revolutionary bat- 
tles in Ireland, a rebel hair-dresser ran up to the 
muzzle of a cannon, to which an artilleryman was 
just applying the match, and thrusting his head 
into its mouth, exclaimed, the moment before he 
was blown to atoms, " By Jasus, I have stopped 
your mouth, my honey, for this time." 

494.- — Two Gextlemex passing a blackberry 
bush when the fruit was unripe, one said it was 
ridiculous to call them black berries, when they 
were red. — " Don't you know," said his friend, 
" that blackberries are al\va3 r s red when they are 
greeny 

495. — Ax Attorney brought an action 






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against a farmer for having called him a ras- 
cally lawyer. An old husbandman being a wit- 
ness, was asked if he had heard the man call him 
a lawyer — " I did," was the reply. " Pray," 
says the judge, " what is your opinion of the im- 
port of the word? " — " There can be no doubt of 
that," replied the fellow. " Why, good man," 
said the judge: "there is no dishonour in the 
name, is there ? " — " I know nothing about that," 
answered he, " but this I know, if any man called 
me a lawyer I'd knock him down." — " Why, 
Sir," said the judge, ppinting to one of the coun- 
sel, " that gentleman is a lawyer, and that, and I 
too am a lawyer." — " No, no," replied the fel- 
low ; " no, my lord : you are a judge, I know T ; but 
I'm sure you are no lawyer." 

496. — Shortly after a change in the minis- 
try in the late reign, the king having remarked 
that his shirt w r as not made up in the usual way, 
and finding, upon inquiry, that the old laundress, 
with whom he was very well satisfied, had been 
dismissed from her situation, complained of 
the latter circumstance to the Lord Chamberlain ; 
upon which his lordship replied, that when he 
came into office he had, as was usual, exercised 
his patronage, by appointing a new laundress. 
The king continued dissatisfied with the manner 
in which his linen was got up, complained again, 
and was again told by the Lord Chamberlain, 
that the change of laundress was only in the 
due exercise of his patrona <?p. " Then," replied 
George III., somewhat ruffled, " I am to under- 



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stand that I tannot change my laundress." His 
lordship respectfully bowed assent. " But," his 
Majesty resuming, " if I cannot change my laun- 
dress, may I not be allowed to change 1113^ Lord 
Chamberlain? " — M Oh ! certainly," answered 
the latter ; and here the conversation ended. On 
the next day, however, the old laundress was re- 
instated in office. 

497. — Me. Fox in the course of a speech, said 
— " If anything on 1113^ part, or on the part of 
those with whom I acted, was an obstruction to 
peace, I could not lie on my pillow with ease." 
George Tierney (then in the administration) 
whispered to his neighbour — " If he could not 
lie on his pillow with ease, he can lie in this house 
with ease." 

498.— "Who is That Lovely Girl?" ex- 
claimed Lord Norbury, riding in company with 
his friend, Counsellor Grahaarty. " Miss Glass," 
replied the barrister. " Glass," reiterated the 
facetious judge: " by the love which man bears 
to woman, I should often become intoxicated, 
could I press such a glass to my lips." 

499. — A Gentleman on circuit narrating to 
his lordship some extravagant feat in sporting, 
mentioned that he had lately shot thirty-three 
hares before breakfast. — " Thirty-three hairs! " 
exclaimed Lord Norbury : " zounds, Sir ! then 
you must have been firing at a "wig" 

500. — Prince Maurice, in an engagement 
with the Spaniards, took twenty-four prisoners, 
one of whom was an Englishman. He ordered 



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eight of these to be hanged to retaliate a like 
sentence passed by Archduke Albert, upon the 
same number of Hollanders. The fate of the un- 
happy victims was to be determined by drawing 
lots. The Englishman, who had the good for- 
tune to escape, seeing a Spaniard express the 
strongest symptoms of horror when it came to 
his turn to put his hand into the helmet, offered 
for twelve crowns to stand his chance. The offer 
was accepted, and he was so fortunate as to 
escape a second time. Upon being called a fool 
for so presumptuously tempting his fate, he said 
— " He thought he acted very prudently, for, as 
he daily hazarded his life for sixpence, he must 
have made a good bargain in venturing it for 
twelve crowns." 

501. — Mr. Garrick was once present with Dr. 
Johnson, at the table of a nobleman, where, 
amongst other guests, was one, of whose near 
connexions some disgraceful anecdote was then 
in circulation. It had reached the ears of John- 
son, who, after dinner, took an opportunity of 
relating it in his most acrimonious manner. Gar- 
rick, who sat next to him, pinched his arm, and 
trod upon his toe, and made use of other means 
to interrupt the thread of his narration, but all 
was in vain. The doctor proceeded, and when he 
had finished his story, he turned gravely round 
to Garrick, of whom before he had taken no no- 
tice whatever — " Thrice," said he, " Davy, have 
you trod upon my toe; thrice have you pinched 
my arm; and now, if what I have related be a 



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falsehood, convict me before this company," 
Garrick replied not a word, but frequently de- 
clared afterwards, that he never felt half so 
much perturbation, even when he met " his 
father's ghost." 

502. — During the contested election for De- 
von, between Mr. Bastard and Lord Ebrington, 
Mrs. ***** and her daughter were walking in 
the Castle-yard, at Exeter, when miss having 
slily mounted a little bit of blue, in opposition to 
the vote and interest of papa, was accosted by a 
young friend, with " Dear me ! you are not a 
Bastard, are you ? " When the former replied — 
" Indeed, miss, I am, ask mamma if I ain't." — 
" Yes, my dear," replied mamma, " I believe you 
are, but papa must not know it." 

503. — A Little Girl, who knew very well the 
painful anxiety which her mother had long suf- 
fered, during a tedious course of litigation, hear- 
ing that she had at last lost her law-suit, inno- 
cently cried out — " O, my dear mamma ! how 
glad I am that you have lost that nasty law-suit, 
which used to give you so much trouble and un- 
easiness." 

504. — When Mr. Hankey was in vogue as 
a great banker, a sailor had as part of his pay, 
a draft on him for fifty pounds. This the sailor 
thought an immense sum, and calling at the 
house, insisted upon seeing the master in private. 
This was at length acceded to; and when the 
banker and the sailor met together, the follow- 
ing conversation ensued — Sailor. " Mr. Hankey, 



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I've got a tickler for you— didn't like to expose 
you before the lads." — Hankey. " That was 
land. Pray, what's the tickler?" — Sailor. 
" Never mind, don't be afraid, I won't hurt you ; 
'tis a fifty."— Hankey. " Ah ! that's a tickler, 
indeed." — Sailor. " Don't fret ; give me five 
pounds now and the rest at so much a week, I 
shan't mention it to anybody." 

•505. — A Conceited Coxcomb once said to a 
barber's boy, " Did you ever shave a monkey ? " 
— " Why no, Sir," replied the boy, " never ; but 
if you will please to sit down, I will try." 

506. — An Irishman, a short time since, bade 
an extraordinary price for an alarm clock, and 
gave as a reason — " That, as he loved to rise 
early, he had nothing to do but to pull the string, 
and he could wake himself." 

507. — A Gentleman being asked to give a 
definition of nonsense, replied, in a Johnsonian 
styL — " Sir, it is nonsense to bolt a door with a 
boiled carrot." 

508. — When Isaiah Thomas, the printer of 
Massachusetts, was printing his almanack for 
1788, one of his boys asked him what he should 
put opposite July 13th. Mr. Thomas being en- 
gaged, replied — " any thing he liked." The 
boy returned to the office, and set hail, rain, and 
snow. The country was all amazement, the day 
arrived, when it actually rained, hailed, and 
snowed violently ; from that time Thomas's al- 
manacks were in great demand. 

509. — " Have you any thing else old? " said 



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an English lady at Rome to a boy, of whom she 
had bought some modern antiques. " Yes," said 
the young urchin, thrusting forward his hat, 
which had seen some dozen summers, " my hat is 
old." The lady rewarded his wit. 

510. — A Country Justice of the Peace, 
when upwards of seventy years of age, married 
a girl about nineteen, and being well aware that 
he was likely to be rallied on the subject, he re- 
solved to be prepared. Accordingly, when any 
of his intimate friends called upon him, after the 
first salutations were passed, he was sure to be- 
gin the conversation, by saying, he believed he 
could tell them news. " Why," says he, " I have 
married my tailor's daughter." If he was asked 
why he did so? the old gentleman replied, 
" Why, the father suited me so well for forty 
years past, that I thought the daughter might 
suit me for forty years to come." 

511. — A Veteran Highlander, between 
whose family and that of a neighbouring chief- 
tain had existed a long hereditaiy feud, being on 
the death-bed, was reminded that this was the 
time to forgive all his enemies, even he who had 
mcst injured him. " Well, be it so," said the old 
Highlander, after a short pause, " be it so ! go tell 
Kenmure I forgive him — but my curse rest on 
my son if ever he does." 

512. — " When I was very young," said Mr. 
Munden (rehearsing anecdotes of his past life), 
" and looking still younger, I performed the 
part of Old Philpot, in the Citizen, to a respect- 



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able audience at Brighton, with great success ; 
and it chanced, on the next evening being disen- 
gaged from any professional duty, I was intro- 
duced, by the gentleman who principally pat- 
ronized me, as Mr. Munden. into a club-room 
full of company. On hearing my name an- 
nounced, a nice snug looking good humoured 
personage laid down his pipe, and taking up his 
glass, said — " Here is to your health, young sir, 
and to your father's health, I saw him perform 
last night, and a very nice clever old gentleman 
he is." 

513. — An Irish Jack Ketch, upon asking a 
criminal, on the point of execution, for the ac- 
customed fee of his office, received something 
more than the usual sum, on which he exclaimed, 
in great glee — " Long life, and good luck to 
your honour," and instantly let the drop fall. 

514. — A Black Man proceeding along one of 
the fashionable streets at the west end of the 
town, was saluted with the sound of — " How d'ye 
do, blackee — how do, Snowball? " He turned 
round in anger, but on perceiving the parrot, he 
said — " Ah ! ah ! you rogue, }^ou grow rich now, 
have a fine golden house of your own, insult poor 
man, but I know your fader when he lived in a 
bush — mind dat, and keep civil tongue." 

515. — An Apothecary, one of the Friends, 
meeting Dr. Fothergill in the street, accosted 
him in the following manner. " Friend Fother- 
gill, I intend dining with thee to-day."- — " I 
shall be glad to see thee," replied the doctor. " I 



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intend bringing my family with me," says the 
apothecary. " So much the better/' quoth the 
doctor. "But pray, friend, hast thou not some 
joke? " " No joke, indeed," replied the apoth- 
ecary, " but a very serious matter. Thou hast 
attended friend Ephraim these three days, and 
ordered him no medicine. I cannot live at this 
rate in my own house, and I must therefore live 
in thine." The doctor took the hint, and pre- 
scribed handsomely for his friend Ephraim, and 
his friend Leech, the apothecary . 

516. — A Young Man visiting his mistress, 
met a rival who was somewhat advanced in years, 
and wishing to rally him, inquired how old he 
was? " I can't exactly \ell," replied the other; 
" but I can inform you that an ass is older at 
twenty, than a man of sixty ! " 

517. — When Ameer, who had conquered 
Persia and Tartary, was defeated by Ismail, and 
taken prisoner, he sat on the ground, and a sol- 
dier prepared a coarse meal to appease his hun- 
ger. As this was boiling in one of the pots used 
for the food of the horses, a dog put his head 
into it ; but from the mouth of the vessel being 
too small, he could not draw it out again, and ran 
away with both the pot and the meat. The cap- 
tive monarch burst into a fit of laughter ; and, on 
one of his guards demanding what cause upon 
earth could induce a person in his situation to 
laugh, he replied — " It was but this morning the 
steward of my household complained that three 
hundred camels were not enough to carry my 



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kitchen furniture ; how easily it is now borne by 
that dog, who hath carried away my cooking in- 
struments and dinner? " 

518. — Dean Swift once preached a charity 
sermon at St. Patrick's, Dublin, the length of 
which disgusted many of his auditors ; which 
coming to his knowledge, and it falling to his lot 
soon after to preach another sermon of the like 
kind in the same place, they took special care to 
avoid falling into the former error. His text 
was — " He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth 
unto the Lord, and that which he hath given, will 
he pay him again." The dean, after repeating 
his text in a very emphatical tone, added — 
" Now, my beloved brethren, you hear the terms 
of this loan ; if you like the security, down with 
the dust." It is worthy of remark, that the 
quaintness and brevity of this sermon produced 
a very large contribution. 

519. — The following admonition was ad- 
dressed by a Quaker to a man who was pouring 
forth a volley of ill language against him — ■ 
" Have a care, friend, thou mayest run thy face 
against my fist." 

520. — A Feeeow boasting in company of his 
family declared even his own father died in an 
exalted situation. Some of the company looking 
incredulous, another observed — " I can bear tes- 
timony of the gentleman's veracity, as my father 
was sheriff for the county when his was hanged 
for horse-stealing." 

521. — A Late Great Personage, when 



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masquerades were f rcquentty allowed in this coun- 
try being present at one of these entertainments, 
he was struck with the form of a lady. After 
some conversation with her, he laid his hand upon 
her bosom, the softness of which he greatly com- 
mended. " I could," replied the lady, " put your 
hand upon a softer place," and upon his request- 
ing her to do so, she immediately put his hand 
upon his own head, and directly mingled with the 
crowd. 

522. — A Secretary of War, being at a cor- 
poration feast, when the dinner was over, and the 
glass went merrily round, one of the aldermen 
addressed himself to his lordship as follows : — 
" My lord, I wonder, amongst the various 
changes of ins and outs in the administration, 
I have always observed your lordship in constant 
employ." This was repeated several times, as his 
lordship endeavoured to evade giving a direct 
answer; however, at last, on the observation 
being repeated, his lordship made this laconic re- 
ply: — " Mr. Alderman, I look on the state as a 
large plum-pudding, and whilst there is a bit of 
it left, I am determined to have a part of 
it." 

523. — Swift, in his lunacy, had intervals of 
sense, at which time his plrysicians took him out 
for the air. When they came to the park, Swift 
remarked a new building, and asked what it was 
designed for, to which Dr. Kingsbury answered, 
" That, Mr. Dean, is the magazine for arms and 
powder for the security of the city." — " Oh ! " 






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said the dean, pulling out his pocket-book, " let 
me take an item of that ; this is worth remarking ; 
my tablets, as Hamlet says, my tablets; memory, 
put down that ; " on which he wrote the following 
lines, which were the last he ever wrote: 

" Behold a proof of Irish sense, 
Here Irish wit is seen ; 
When nothing's left that's worth defence, 
We build a magazine." 

and then put up his pocket-book, laughing heart- 
ily at the conceit, and finishing it with these 
words : " After the steed is stolen, shut the stable 
door." After which he never said a sensible word, 
so that these lines may be said to be the last 
speech and dying words of his wit. 

524. — When General V was quartered 

in a small town in Ireland, he and his lady were 
regularly besieged as they got into their carriage 
by an old beggar-woman, who kept her post at 
the door, assailing them daily with fresh impor- 
tunities. Their charity and patience became ex- 
hausted; not so the petitioner's perseverance. 
One morning, as Mrs. V. stepped into the car- 
riage, our oratrix began — " Oh, my lady ! success 
to your ladyship, and success to your honour's 
honour, this morning of all the days in the year : 
for sure I did not dream last night that her lady- 
ship gave me a pound of tea, and your honour 
gave me a pound of tobacco."- — " But my good 
woman," said the general, " don't you know that 
dreams go by the rule of contrary? " — " Do they 
so?" rejoined the old woman; "then it must 



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mean, that your honour will give me the tea, and 
her ladyship the tobacco." 

5%5. — An Officer just returned from the 
West Indies, was invited to dine with Dr. Har- 
vey, at Dublin, where several of the medical 
tribe were present. The conversation turned 
upon tropical climates, and the officer whose 
opinion was asked about that of the West Indies, 
said, " it was an infernal place ; and that if he 
had lived there until that day he would have been 
dead of the yellow fever two years ago." An- 
other of the physicians, without observing the 
bull, gravely added, " that the climate was cer- 
tainly very unwholesome, and that vast numbers 
had died there." " Very true," said Dr. O'Don- 
nel, " but if you'll tell me of any country where 
people don't die, I will go and end my days 
there." 

5%6. — Of that species of trope in Irish rhe- 
toric called a bull, the Irish themselves are de- 
cidedly superior to all the British wits who have 
attempted to coin for them. A Dublin chairman 
named Darby Logan, eminent for this class of 
composition, kept an alehouse in the neighbour- 
hood of Smock-alley Theatre, which was a good 
deal resorted to by all the wags of that city. 
Some of these customers one night knocked at 
his door at a late hour to get in, long after the 
family were gone to rest. After some consider- 
able time, Darby opened the door, shivering in 
his shirt, and answered the customers by saying, 
" Blur and ounds, gentlemen, sure I can't let 



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you in, don't you see that Vm in bed these two 
hours." They, however, prevailed on the good- 
natured host to admit them, and after obtaining 
some drink, begged hard to get some supper. 
Darby expressed his sorrow for not being able to 
accommodate them, adding, that he had bought a 
ver}^ fine quarter of pork the day before, but that 
a parcel of blackguard chairmen came in the 
evening while he was out, cut it up into mutton 
chops, and dressed it for their suppers. 

527. — The Same Genius was one evening 
sent out to inquire the play of the night, by a 
party of his brother chairmen, in order to form 
some judgment of the probable crowd of the 
theatre, as particularly interesting to their pro- 
fessional views. Darby went forth leaving his 
friends to indulge in their favourite bever- 
age orange ale, while he looked out for the next 
posting bill, and prevailed upon some person he 
met to read the title of the play, which was 
Orang Zebe, or the Great Mogul. Darby re- 
turned with great glee to his friends, who put 
the question, " Well, Darby, what's the play? " 
■ — " By St. Patrick," answered Darby, " you 
have it before you ; 'tis Orange Ale, and the 
Great Mug Full." 

528. — The Father of an Irish Student 
seeing his son doing untowardly, " Why, Sir- 
rah," says he, " did you ever see me do so when I 
was a boy? " 

529. — The Late Countess of Kenmare, 
who was a devout Catholic, passing one day from 



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her devotions at a chapel in Dublin, through a 
lane of beggars, who are there certainly the best 
actors in Europe in the display of counterfeit 
misery. Her ladyship's notice was particularly 
attracted by one fellow apparently more wretched 
than all the rest, and she asked him, " Pray, my 
good man, what's the matter with you? " the fel- 
low, who well knew her simplicity and benevo- 
lence, answered, " Oh ! my lady, I'm deaf and 
dumb." — " Poor man," replied the innocent 
lady, " how long have you been so ? " — " Ever 
since I had the faver last Christmas." The poor 
lady presented him with a half crown, and went 
away piously commiserating his misfortunes. 

530. — One of those Hibernian lapidaries to 
whose skill the London pavements are so highly 
indebted, was tried at the Old Bailey one day for 
biting off the nose of a Welshman, a brother pa- 
viour, in a quarrel, at their work. — The unfor- 
tunate Cambrian appeared in court with his nose- 
less countenance, and swore the fact against the 
prisoner ; but Dennis stoutly denied it, and called 
his gossip, another Hibernian paviour, to give 
evidence in his defence. This witness with great 
apparent simplicity, stated, " That to be sure 
his gossip and the other man had a little bit of 
a scrimmage, .and both fell together, that the 
Welshman made several attempts to bite his gos- 
sip's face, and at last he made a twist of his 
mouth, and bit off his own nose in a mistake." 

531. — Counsellor Crips, of Cork, being on 
a party at Castle Martyr, the seat of the Earl of 



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Shannon, in Ireland, one of the company, who 
was a physician, strolled out before dinner into 
the church-yard. Dinner being served up, and 
the doctor not returned, some of the company 
were expressing their surprise where he could be 
gone to. " Oh," says the counsellor, " he is but 
just stept out to pay a visit to some of his old 
patients." 

532. — Sir John Davis, a Welshman, in the 
reign of King James I., wrote a letter to the king 
in these words : " Most mighty Prince ! the gold 
mine that was lately discovered in Bally curry 
turns out to be a lead one." 

533. — An Irish Gentleman in company, 
seeing that the lights were so dim as only to ren- 
der the darkness visible, called out lustily, 
" Here, waiter, let me have a couple of daycent 
candles, just that I may see how these others 
burn." 

534. — A Letter received on Friday, 6th of 
Feb. 1807, by a gentleman in the neighbour- 
hood of Brighton, from an officer lately restored 
to liberty from a French prison, contains the fol- 
lowing anecdote : " My confinement in the Tem- 
ple, with Moreau, Georges, Pichegru, and Cap- 
tain Wright, made me a witness of scenes w T hich 
still haunt my imagination, and some day, when 
we have the happiness to meet over a clear fire- 
side, I'll rouse your indignation by a repetition 
of them : the only time I laughed in France, was 
at the relation of an incident which occurred to 
a poor Irishman, who was one of O'Connor's 



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guides, and considered a clever man in the ki; 
edge of roads in England. Berthier, minister of 
war, sent for him and began telling him, that the 
expedition against England would shortly sail, 
in three divisions, one to Dover, and others to 
places adj acent ; that they would act separately, 
and that the object of each would be to reach 
London as soon as possible, when, of course, the 
country would be conquered : "Now," says Berth- 
ier, " how would you recommend me to go to 
London from Dover ; recollect I wish to be there 
as soon as possible? " — " Och, my dear," says 
O'Leary, " take the mail-coach." 'Tis needless 
to add, that poor O'Leary was disgraced. 

535. — When the once celebrated Dr. Sheb- 
beare was pilloried for a libel, a little ashamed 
of his elevation, he hired an Irish chairman to 
hold an umbrella over his head during the pain- 
ful ceremony, and for this service the doctor re- 
warded him with a guinea. Next day, the chair- 
man called upon him, and hoped his honor was 
well — began to hum ! and ha ! as if he had more 
to say. The doctor, suspecting his drift, said, 
" My friend, what do you want? I thought I 
paid you yesterday very handsomely." — " To 
be sure, now," said Pat, " and so you did for the 
trouble; but please your honor, consider the dis- 
grace." 

536. — Ax Irishman one day found a light 
guinea which he was obliged to sell for eighteen 
shillings. Next day he saw another guinea lying 
in the street. " No, no," says he, " I'll have 



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nothing to do with you, I lost three shillings by 
3 T our brother yesterday." 

537. — An Irishman maintained in company 
that the sun did not make his revolution round 
the earth : " But how then," said one to him, " is 
it possible, that reaching the west, where he sets, 
he be seen to rise in the east, if he did not pass 
underneath the globe ? " — " How puzzled you 
are," replied this obstinate, ignorant man, " he 
returns the same way ; and if it be r\pt perceived, 
it is on account of his coming back by night." 

538. — Rock, the comedian, when at Covent- 
Garden, advised one of the scene-shifters, who 
had met with an accident, to the plan of a sub- 
scription ; and a few daj^s afterwards he asked 
for the list of names, which, when he had read it 
over, he returned. " Why, Rock," says the 
poor fellow, "won't you give me something?" 
— " Zounds, man," replied the other, " didn't I 
give you the hint? " 

539.^The celebrated bull of the Irish gentle- 
man who abused a woman for having changed 
him at nurse is not original. Sancho Panza 
makes one perfectly similar. " Pray tell me, 
squire," says the duchess, " is not your master 
the person whose history is printed under the 
name of the Sage Hidalgo Don Quixote de la 
Mancha?" — "The very same, my lady," an- 
swered Sancho, " and I myself am the very squire 
of his, who is mentioned, or ought x o be men- 
tioned, in that history, unless they have changed 
me in the cradle." 



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540. — Dr. Hunter, in his translation of Son- 
nini's Travels in Egypt, informs his readers that 
" at Malta, the ridges of the houses are flat ter- 
races;" that, " at Rosetta, the inhabitants cut 
the throats of their ducks, and in that situation 
keep them alive with their wings broken." And 
lastly, that " the Orientals never take a walk but 
on horseback." 

541. — An Irishman, angling in the rain, 
was observed to keep his line under the arch of a 
bridge ; upon being asked the reason he gave the 
following answer : " To be sure, the fishes will 
be after crowding there, in order to keep out of 
the wet." 

542. — The very ingenious and amiable Bishop 
Berkeley, of Cloyne, in Ireland, was so entirely 
contented within his income in that diocese, that 
when offered by the late Earl of Chesterfield 
(then Lord-lieutenant) a bishoprick much more 
beneficial than that he possessed, he declined it 
with these words : " I love my neighbors, and 
they love me; why then should I begin, in my 
old days, to form new connexions, and tear my- 
self from those friends whose kindness is to me 
the greatest happiness I can enjoy." Acting in 
this instance like the celebrated Plutarch, who 
being isked why he resided in his native city, 
so obscure and so little, " I stay in it," cried he, 
" lest it should grow less." 

543. — A Gentleman passing through Hol- 
born lost his watch, and advertised it, with a 
reward of three guineas to the person who would 



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bring it to him. Immediately after the appear- 
ance of the advertisement, a tradesman, in the 
neighbourhood of Holborn, came to the place to 
which the finder had been directed, and gave the 
following account of his getting the watch: — 
He said that one evening, going to the butcher's 
to buy some meat, the butcher observed a watch 
hanging by the upper button of the skirt of his 
coat, and asked him if he used to carry his watch 
so. At that time he knew nothing of the watch 
being there, but remembered passing through 
a crowd in the street that evening. There is 
no doubt that, in the pressure and scuffle, the 
ribbon of the watch got entangled on the button. 
544. — A Merchant in Jamaica, originally 
from London, having acquired a handsome for- 
tune in that island, concluded with himself he 
could not be happy in the enjoyment of it unless 
he shared it with a woman of merit ; and, know- 
ing no one to his fancy, he resolved to write to 
a worthy correspondent in London. He knew 
no other style than that he used in his trade ; 
therefore, treating affairs of love as he did his 
business, after giving his friend, in a letter, sev- 
eral commissions, and reserving this for the last, 
he went on thus — " Item, Seeing that I have 
taken a resolution to marry, and that I do not 
find a suitable match for me here, do not fail 
to send, by next ship bound hither, a young 
woman, of the qualifications and form following. 
As for a portion, I demand none ; let her be of 
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five years of age ; of a middle stature, and well- 
proportioned ; her face agreeable ; her temper 
mild, her character blameless, her health good, 
and her constitution strong enough to bear the 
change of the climate, that there may be no occa- 
sion to look out for a second, through lack of 
the first soon after she comes to hand, which must 
be provided against as much as possible, con- 
sidering the great distance, and the dangers of 
the sea. If she arrives, and conditioned as 
abovesaid, with the present letter indorsed by 
you, or at least an attested copy thereof, that 
there may be no mistake or imposition, I hereby 
oblige and engage myself to satisfy the said let- 
ter by marrying the bearer at fifteen days' sight. 
In witness whereof I subscribe this, &c." 

The London correspondent, who read over and 
over the odd article, which put the future spouse 
on the same footing with a bale of goods, could 
not help admiring the prudent exactness of the 
merchant, and his laconic style, in enumerating 
the qualifications which he insisted on ; he, how- 
ever, endeavored to serve him to his mind ; and 
after many inquiries, found a lady fit for his 
purpose in a young person of a reputable family, 
but no fortune, of good humour, and of a polite 
education, well-shaped, and more than tolerably 
handsome ; he made the proposal to her as 
his friend had directed; and the young gentle- 
woman, who had no subsistence but from a cross 
old aunt, who gave her a great deal of uneasi- 
ness, accepted it. A ship bound for Jamaica 



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was then fitting out at Bristol; the gentlewoman 
went on board the same, together with the bales 
of goods, being well provided with all necessaries, 
and particularly with a certificate in due form, 
and indorsed by the correspondent. She was 
also included in the invoice, the last article of 
which ran thus — " Item: A maid of twenty-one 
years of age, of the quality, shape, and condi- 
tioned as per order; as appears by the affidavits 
and certificates she has to produce." The writ- 
ings which were thought necessary to so exact a 
man as the future husband, were an extract of 
the parish register ; a certificate of her character, 
signed by the curate; an attestation of her 
neighbours, setting forth that she had, for the 
space of three years, lived with an old aunt, who 
was intolerably peevish, and had not, during all 
that time, given her said aunt the least occasion 
of complaint ; and, lastly, the goodness of her 
constitution was certified, after consultation, by 
four eminent physicians. Before the gentle- 
woman's departure, the London correspondent 
sent several letters of advice, by other ships, to 
his friend ; whereby he informed him that, per 
such a ship, he sent him a young woman, of such 
an age, character, and condition ; in a word, such 
as he desired to marry. The letters of advice, 
the bales, and the gentlewoman, came safe to 
the port ; and the merchant, who happened to be 
one of the foremost on the pier, at the lady's 
landing, was charmed to see a handsome person, 
who, having heard him called by his name, thus 



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addressed him — " Sir, I have a bill of exchange 
upon you ; and you know that it is not usual for 
people to carry a great deal of money about 
them in such a long voyage as I have now made ; 
I beg the favour you will be pleased to pay it." 
At the same time she gave him his correspondent's 
letter, on the back of which was written, " The 
bearer of this is the spouse you ordered me to 
send you." — " Ha, madam ! "said the merchant, 
" I never yet suffered my bills to be protested, 
and I swear this shall not be the first: I shall 
reckon myself the most fortunate of all men, if 
you will allow me to discharge it." — " Yes, sir," 
replied she ; " and the more willingly, since I am 
apprised of your character. We had several 
persons of honour on board who knew you very 
well; and who, during my passage, have an- 
swered all the questions I asked them concerning 
you, in so advantageous a manner, that they have 
raised in me a perfect esteem for you." This in- 
terview was in a few days followed by the nup- 
tials, which were very magnificent. The newly- 
married couple were satisfied with their happy 
union, made by a bill of exchange, which turned 
out one of the most fortunate that had happened 
in that island for many years. 

545. — Atterbury, bishop of Rochester, when 
a certain bill was brought into the House of 
Lords, said among other things, " that he proph- 
esied last winter this bill would be attempted in 
the present session and he was sorry to find that 
he had proved a true prophet." Lord Con- 



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ingsby, who spoke after the bishop, and always 
spoke in a passion, desired the house to remark 
" that his Right Reverend friend had set him- 
self forth as a prophet: but for his part he did 
not know what prophet to liken him to unless to 
that furious prophet, Balaam, who was reproved 
by his own Ass." The bishop, in a reply, with 
great wit and calmness, exposed this- rude attack, 
concluding thus : " since the noble lord had dis- 
covered in our manners such a similitude, I am 
content to be compared to the prophet Balaam ; 
but, m}^ lords, I am at a loss to make out the 
other part of the parallel; where is the Ass? I 
am sure I have been reproved by nobody but his 
lordship." 

546. — A Few days since, a gentleman in 
Shropshire observed two sailors very busy in lift- 
ing an ass over the wall of a pound, where it 
was confined. On asking the reason, the tars, 
with true humanity of character, made the fol- 
lowing reply : — " Why, lookee, master, we saw 
this here animal aground without grub, d'ye see, 
and so my messmate and I agreed to cut his cable, 
and set him adrift, because we have known, be- 
fore now, what it is to be on short allowance" 

547. — A Quaker and a Baptist travelling in 
a stage-coach, the latter took every opportunity 
of ridiculing the former on account of his re- 
ligious profession. At length, they came to a 
heath, where the body of a malefactor, lately 
executed, was hanging in chains upon a gibbet. 
" I wonder now," said the Baptist, " what re- 



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ligion that man was of." — " Perhaps," replied 
the Quaker, coldly, " he was a Baptist, and they 
have hung him up to dry." 

548. — " Lady Rachel is put to bed," said 
Sir Bo}de to a friend. " What has she got? " — 
"Guess?" "A boy."— "No; guess again?" 
— " A girl."—" Who told you? " 

549. — One of Sir Boyle Roche's children 
asked him one da}^, " Who was the father of 
George III. ? " " jVIt darling," he answered, 
** it was Frederick, Prince of Wales, who would 
have been George III. if he had lived." 

550. — Dean Swift, having a shoulder of 
mutton, too much done, brought up for his din- 
ner, sent for the cook, and told her to take the 
mutton down, and do it less. " Please your 
honor, I cannot do it less." " But," said the 
dean, " if it had not been done enough, you could 
have done it more, could you not? " — " Oh, yes, 
Sir, very easily." — " Why, then," said the dean, 
" for the future, when you commit a fault, let 
it be such a one as can be mended." 

551. — The first time that Henderson, the 
player, rehearsed a part at Drury-lane, George 
Garrick came into the boxes, saying, as he en- 
tered — " I only come as a Spectator." Soon 
after, he made some objection to Henderson's 
playing; and the new actor retorted — " Sir, I 
thought you were only to be a Spectator; you 
are turning Tatler." — " Never mind him, Sir," 
said David Garrick, "never mind him: let him 
be what he will, I will be the guardian." 



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552. — Mr. Addison, though an elegant 
writer, was too diffident of himself, ever to shine 
as a public speaker. At the time of debating 
the Union Act, in the House of Commons, he 
rcse up, and, addressing himelf to the speaker, 
said — " Mr. Speaker, I conceive " — he could go 
no farther ; then rising again, he said — " Mr. 
Speaker, I conceive " — still unable to proceed, 
he sat down again. A third time, he arose, and 
was still unable to say anything more than — 
" Mr. Speaker, I conceive " — when a certain 
young member, who was possessed of more ef- 
frontery and volubility, arose, and said — " Mr. 
Speaker, I am sorry to find that the honourable 
gentleman over the way has conceived three 
times, and brought forth nothing." 

553. — Two Gentlemen, the other day, con- 
versing together, one asked the other, if ever he 
had gone through Euclid. The reply was — " I 
have never been farther from Liverpool than 
Runcorn, and I don't recollect any place of that 
name between Liverpool and there." 

554. — At a Courtmartiae on board the 
Gladiator, at Portsmouth, a sailor, who was giv- 
ing his evidence, was asked by the president what 
religion he was of? He replied — " Please your 
honour, Vm a European." This was spoken so 
mumblingly, owing to a quid of tobacco he had 
in his mouth, that the president, and, indeed, 
most of the court, understood him to say — " Vm 
of your opinion;"" but the question being re- 
peated, he again answered — " Vm a European! " 



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The strangeness of this reply convulsed the 
whole court with laughter. 

555. — Admiral Duncan's address to the offi- 
cers who came on board his ship for instructions, 
previous to the engagement with Admiral dc 
Winter, was both laconic and humourous— " Gen- 
tlemen, you see a severe winter approaching; I 
have only to advise you to keep up a good fire." 

556. — Sieur Boas (the sleight of hand man) 
was accosted in the usual st} 7 le b} 7 a retailer of 
oranges. " Well, my lad," says the sieur, " how 
do you sell them? " — " Two-pence a piece, Sir," 
quoth the man. " High-priced, indeed," re- 
joined the deceiver; " however, we'll try them." 
Cutting an orange into four pieces — " Behold," 
says the sieur (producing a new guinea from 
the inside of the orange), " how your fruit re- 
pays me for your extortion. Come, I can afford 
to purchase one more," and he repeated the same 
experiment as with the first. " Well, to be 
sure," says he, " they are the first fruit I ever 
found to produce golden seeds." The sieur then 
wished to come to terms for the whole basket ; 
but the astonished clodpole, with joyous alacrity, 
ran out of the house, and reaching home, began 
to quarter the contents of the whole basket. But, 
alas ! the seeds were no more than the produce 
of nature — the conjuror alone possessing the 
golden art. 

557. — A Very Worthy, though not particu- 
larly erudite, underwriter at Lloyd's, was con- 
versing one day with a friend in the coffee-house, 



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on the subject of a ship they had mutually in- 
sured. His friend observed, " Do you know that 
I shrewdly suspect our ship is in jeopardy." — 
" The devil she is," said he ; " well, I am glad 
that she has got into some port at last.' 1 '' 

558. — The following riddle is said to be the 
last production of Sheridan's witty pen : " Some- 
times with a head, sometimes without a head ; 
sometimes with a tail, sometimes without a tail ; 
sometimes with head and tail, sometimes without 
either; and yet equally perfect in all situations. 
Answer — a wig." 

559. — A Few years ago, one David Lloyd, a 
Welshman, who kept an inn at Hereford, had 
a living sow with six legs ; and the circumstance 
being publicly known, great numbers, of all de- 
scriptions, resorted to the house. It happened, 
that David had a wife, who was much addicted 
to drunkenness, and for which he used frequently 
to bestow on her a very severe drubbing. One 
day, in particular, having taken a second extra 
cup, which operated in a very powerful manner, 
and dreading the usual consequences, she went 
into the yard, opened the stye-door, let out the 
sow, and lay down in its place, hoping that a 
short unmolested nap would sufficiently dispel the 
fumes of the liquor. In the meantime, however, 
a company arrived to see the much-talked-of 
animal; and Davy, proud of his office, ushered 
them to the stye, exclaiming — " Did any of you 
ever see so uncommon a creature before? " — " In- 
deed, Davy," said one of the farmers, " I never 



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before observed a sow so very drunk in all my 
life 1 " Hence the term, drunk as David's sow. 

560. — Sir Thomas Overbury says, that the 
man who has not anything to boast of but his 
illustrious ancestors, is like a potato — the only 
good belonging to him is under ground. 

561. — Mr. Eyton passing through Speen- 
hamland, observed a fellow placed in the stocks. 
" My friend," said he, " I advise you by all 
means to sell out." — " I should have no objec- 
tion, your honour," he replied drily, " but at 
present they seem much too low." 

562. — When Brennan, the noted highway- 
man, was taken in the south of Ireland, curiosity 
drew numbers to the gaol to see the man loaded 
with irons, who had long been a terror to the 
country. Among others, was a banker, whose 
notes at that time were not held in the highest 
estimation, who assured the prisoner that he was 
very glad to see him there at last. Brennan, 
looking up, replied, " Ah, Sir ! I did not expect 
that from you: for you know, that, when all the 
country refused your notes, I took them." 

563. — A Lady remarking to a bookseller that 
she had just got Cr abbe's Tales, and thought 
them excellent ; another lady heard the observa- 
tion with astonishment, and, on the departure of 
the speaker, asked the bookseller, with a very 
grave face, " if he could tell her how the crab's 
tails were dressed, as she was very desirous of 
tasting them." 

564*. — A Gentleman staying late one night 



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at the tavern, his wife sent his servant for him 
about twelve : " John," said he, " go home and 
tell your mistress, it can be no more." The man 
returned, by his mistress's order, again at one, 
the answer then was " it could be no less." — 
" But, Sir," said the man, " day has broke." — 
" With all my heart," replied the master, " he 
owes me nothing." — " But the sun is up, Sir." — 
" And so he ought to be, John, ought he not? 
He has farther to go than we have, I am sure" 

565.- — Dominico, the harlequin, going to see 
Louis XIV. at supper, fixed his eyes on a dish 
of partridges. The king, who was fond of his 
acting, said. " Give that dish to Dominico." — 
" And the partridges too, sire? " Louis, pene- 
trating into the artfulness of the question, re- 
plied, " and the partridges too." The dish was 
gold. 

566. — Curious Extract from the Log Book of 
Thomas Parker, who lately died in America, 
and who was an active Naval Officer during 
the late War. 

" First part of the voyage* pleasant, with 
fine breezes and free winds — all sails set. Spoke 
many vessels in want of provisions — supplied 
them freely. 

" Middle passage. — Weather variable — short 

of provisions — spoke several of the above vessels 

our supplies had enabled to refit — made signals 

of distress — they up helm and bore away.f 

* Alluding to the early part of his life. 
t Those whom he had formerly befriended, now, in 
his distress, refuse him assistance. 



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" Later part. — Boisterous, with contrary 
winds — current of adversity setting hard to lee- 
ward — towards the end of the passage it cleared 
up — with the quadrant of honesty had an ob- 
servation — corrected and made up my reckoning 
— and, after a passage of fifty years, came to in 
Mortality Road, with the calm unruffled surface 
of the Ocean of Eternity in View." 

567. — A Welsh Curate having preached 
several sermons, which were considered superior 
to his own powers of composition, was asked, by 
a friend, how he managed? He replied, " Do 
you see, I have got a volume of sermons by one 
Tillotson, and a very good book it is ; so I trans- 
late one of the sermons into Welsh, and then back 
again into English ; after which the devil himoelf 
would not know it again." 

568. — George IV., on hearing some one de- 
clare that Moore had murdered Sheridan, in his 
late life of that statesman, observed, " I won't 
say that Mr. Moore has. murdered Sheridan, but 
he has certainly attempted his life." 

569. — The British Sailors had always been 
accustomed to drink their allowance of brandy or 
rum clear, till Admiral Vernon ordered those 
under his command to mix it with water. This 
innovation gave great offence to the sailors, and, 
for a time, rendered the commander very unpop- 
ular among them. The admiral, at that time, 
wore a grogram coat, for which reason they nick- 
named him, " Old Grog ; " hence by degrees, the 



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mixed liquor he constrained them to, universally 
obtained among them the name of Grog. 

570. — A Foolish Stage-struck Youth ran 
away from his friends, and got amongst a most 
low and miserable set of strollers. A relation, 
after a time, discovered him just as he was going 
on the stage in King Richard; and, on reading 
him a pretty severe lecture on his folly and dis- 
obedience, received an answer suitable to all the 
ridiculous consequences and assumed pomp of a 
mock monarch. To which he answered, " These 
are fine lofty words, but 'tis a great pity, Mr. 
King Richard, that you could not afford to buy 
a better pair of shoes." The actor, looking at 
his toes, which were staring him in the face, with- 
out losing his vivacity, cried, " Shoes ! O, Sir, 
shoes are things we kings don't stand upon ! " 

571. — A Schoolmaster asked one of his boys 
on a sharp wintry morning, what was Latin for 
cold? The boy hesitated a little—" What, sir- 
rah," said he, " cannot you tell? "— " Yes, yes," 
replied the boy, " J have it at my -fingers' ends." 

572. — While the Eddystone light-house was 
erecting, a French privateer took the men upon 
the rock, together with their tools, and carried 
them to France ; and the captain was in expecta- 
tion of a reward for the achievement. While the 
captives lay in prison, the transaction reached the 
ears of Louis XIV. when he immediately ordered 
them to be released, and the captors put in their 
places — declaring, that " though he was at war 
with England, he was not so with all mankind." 



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He directed the men to be sent back to their work, 
with presents — observing, " that the Eddystone 
light-house was so situated as to be of equal serv- 
ice to all nations having occasion to navigate the 
channel between England and France." 

573. — A Dashing Foreman to a tailor in 
Glasgow, having got a holiday to go to see his 
majesty, and dining with a mixed company, 
wished to impress those present with the immense 
importance of his services to his employers. 
" Though I say it, that should not say it," quoth 
Snip, " if it was not for me our people could not 
carry on their business." — " I can very well be- 
lieve you," said one of the party, " I never yet 
heard of a tailor who could carry on his business 
without his goose." 

574. — Mr. Scott, of Exeter, travelled on 
business till about eighty years of age. He was 
one of the most celebrated characters in this 
kingdom for punctuality, and by his methodical 
conduct, joined to uniform diligence, he gradu- 
ally amassed a large fortune. For a long series 
of years, the proprietor of every inn he fre- 
quented in Devon and Cornwall knew the day, 
and the very hour he would arrive. A short 
time before he died, a gentleman, on a journey in 
Cornwall, stopped at a small inn at Port Isaac 
to dine. The waiter presented him with a bill 
of fare, which he did not approve of ; but observ- 
ing a fine duck roasting, " I'll have that," said 
the traveller. " You cannot, Sir," said the land- 
lord, " it is for Mr. Scott, of Exeter."—" I know 



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Mr. Scott very well," rejoined the gentleman, 
" he is not in your house." — " True, Sir," said 
the landlord, " but six months ago, when he was 
here last, he ordered a duck to be ready for him 
this day, precisely at two o'clock; " and, to the 
astonishment of the traveller, he saw the old 
gentleman on his Rosinante jugging into the inn 
yard about five minutes before the appointed 
time. 

575. — A French Priest, who had usually a 
very small audience, was one day preaching at 
the church in his village, when, the doors being 
open, a gander and several geese came stalking 
up the middle aisle. The preacher, availing him- 
self of the circumstance, observed, that he could 
no longer find fault with his district for non- 
attendance ; because, though they did not come 
themselves, they sent their representatives. 

576. — A Person who had resided for some 
time on the coast of Africa, was asked if he 
thought it possible to civilise the natives. " As 
a proof of the possibility of it," said he, " I 
have known some negroes that thought as little 
of a lie or an oath as any European." 

A modern writer of travels, records, that in 
one of his peregrinations he traversed a wide ex- 
tent of uncultivated regions, but at last per- 
ceived a gibbet, " the sight of which," says he, 
" gave me infinite pleasure, as it proved that I 
was in a civilised country." 

577. — One Evening at Oxford, Dr. Johnson 
was present at a private party, when, among 



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other topics, an essay on the future life in brutes 
was mentioned, and a gentleman present was in- 
clined to support the author's opinion, that the 
lower animals have an " immortal part." He fa- 
miliarly remarked to the doctor — " Really, Sir, 
when we see a very sensible dog, we don't know 
what to think of him." Upon which, Johnson, 
turning quickly round, replied — " True, Sir ; 
and when we see a very foolish fellow, we don't 
know what to think of him." 

578. — A Person who dined in company with 
Dr. Johnson, endeavoured to make his court to 
him by laughing immoderately at everything he 
said. The Doctor bore it for some time with 
philosophical indifference; but the impertinent 
ha, ha, ha! becoming intolerable, " Pray, Sir," 
said the doctor, " what is the matter? I hope I 
have not said anything that you can compre- 
hend." 

579. — An eminent carcass butcher, as meagre 
in his person as he was in his understanding, 
being one day in a bookseller's shop, took up a 
volume of Churchill's poems, and by way of shew- 
ing his taste, repeated the following line : — 

" Who rules o'er freemen should himself be free." 

Then turning to Dr. Johnson — " What think 
you of that, Sir? " said he. " Rank nonsense," 
replied the other, " it is an assertion without a 
proof, and you might, with as much propriety, 
say:- — 

" Who slays fat oxen should himself be fat" 



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580. — The following note was written by a 
bookseller in Germany, to one of his authors : — 
" I have just received half a dozen lean octavos, 
which you must fatten up to as many quartos, 
for the Leipsic fair. I send you a large quan- 
tity of paste, and a new pair of scissors." 

581. — Lately, a lady, bargaining for a had- 
dock with a fisherman, inquired when the fish had 
been caught? " This morning, madam," said the 
owner of the haddock. " You lie," replied a 
voice, which seemed to issue from the gills of one 
of the fish ; "it is three days ago since I w r as 
caught, and two days since you stole me from 
Dick Potter; and I am now stinking." This 
speech, which had been uttered by a celebrated 
ventriloquist, who at that instant was passing by, 
so amazed the lady, that she retired in terror, 
and closed the hall-door as she withdrew into her 
house, lest the speaking fish might enter with her. 

582. — A Witness in the Court of King's 
Bench, being cross-examined by Mr. Garrow, 
that learned gentleman asked him, if he was not 
a fortune-teller? " I am not," answered the wit- 
ness ; " but if every one had his due, I should 
have no difficulty in telling your fortune."-- 
" Well, fellow ! " says Mr. Garrow, " pray w r hat 
is to be my fortune? " — " Why, Sir," rejoined 
the witness, " I understand you made your first 
speech at the Old Bailey, and I think it is prob- 
able that you will there make your last speech." 

583. — " Sancho," said a dying planter to his 
slave, " for your faithful services, I mean now to 



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do you an honour, and I leave it in my will that 
you shall be buried in our family ground ! " — 
"' Ah, massa. ! " replied Sancho, " Sancho no good 
to be buried ; Sancho rather have de money or de 
freedom; besides, if de devil should come in de 
dark to look for massa, he might mistake, and 
take de poor Negar man ! " 

584. — A Gambler, on his death-bed, having 
seriously taken leave of his physician, who told 
him that he could not live beyond eight o'clock 
next morning, exerted the small strength he had 
left to call the doctor back ; which having accom- 
plished with difficulty, for he could hardly ex- 
ceed a whisper — " Doctor," said he, " I'll bet you 
five guineas I live till nine." 

585. — A Brandy Merchant, who had just 
received intelligence of the failure of a house 
which stood indebted to him upwards of five hun- 
dred pounds for rum and brandy, coming into 
company, appeared somewhat dejected, where- 
upon, one of the gentlemen present asked him if 
he was not well — " O, yes," replied another, 
" he's very well, only he has lost his spirits ." 

586. — A Certain Sea Captain, who had a 
considerable interest with his brother officers, and 
the cook aboard the vessel, were once to be tried 
for an offence against the laws of the navy, of 
such a nature as put their lives in some jeopardy. 
The cook displayed every mark of fear and ap- 
prehension for his safety. The captain, on the 
contrary, seemed in very good spirits, and said, 
" Cheer up, man, why should you be cast down ! 






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I fear nothing, and why should you? " — " Why, 
faith, y6ur honour," replied the fellow, " I should 
be as courageous as you are, if we were to be tried 
by a jury of cooks." 

587. — An Irishman saw the sign of the Ris- 
ing Sun near the Seven Dials, and underneath 
was wrote, A. Moon, the man's name who kept it 
being Aaron Moon. The Irishman thinking he 
had discovered a just cause for triumph, roars 
out to his companion, " Only see, Feilim ! see 
here ! they talk of the Irish bulls ; only do but 
see now ! here's a fellow puts up the Rising Sun, 
and calls it A Moon." 

588. — Two old ladies, who were known to be 
of the same age, had the same desire to keep the 
real number concealed ; one therefore used always 
upon a New- Year's day to go to the other, and 
say, " Madam, I am come to know how old we are 
to be this year." 

589. — When George Alexander Stevens was 
a first actor in the Norwich company, he per- 
formed the part of Horatio, in the " Fair Peni- 
tent." The Calista was a Mrs. B , who had 

been long the celebrated heroine in tragedy, and 
the lady in high life in comedy. Mrs. B., in 
her decline, sacrificed too often to the intoxicat- 
ing god. In proportion as the action of the play 
advanced towards a conclusion, by endeavouring 
to raise her spirits with a cheerful glass, she be- 
came totally unfit to represent the character. In 
her last scene of Calista, it was so long before 
she died, that George, after giving her several 



U6 JOE MILLEK 

gentle hints, cried out, " Why don't you die, you 
fool? " She retorted, as loud as she could, " You 
robbed the Bristol mail, you dog ! " This spirited 
dialogue so diverted the audience, that much 
clapping ensued. The manager seeing no end 
of this merry business, dropt the curtain, and put 
an end to the tumult. 

590. — The Emperor Charles V. having 
one day lost himself in the heat of the chase, and 
wandered in the forest far from his train, after 
much fatigue in trying to find a route, came at 
last to a solitary hedge ale-house, where he en- 
tered to refresh himself. On coming in, he saw 
four men, whose mien presaged him no good; 
he however sat down and called for something. 
These men pretending to sleep, one of them rose, 
and, approaching the emperor, said, he had 
dreamt that he took his hat: and accordingly 
took it off. The second, saying, he had dreamt 
he had taken his coat, took that also. The third, 
with a like prologue, took his waistcoat. And 
the fourth, with much politeness, said, he hoped 
there would be no objection to his feeling his 
pockets ; and seeing a chain of gold about his 
neck, whence hung his hunting-horn, was about 
to take that too. But the emperor said, " Stop, 
my friend, I dare say you cannot blow it ; I will 
teach you." So putting the horn to his mouth, 
he blew repeatedly, and very loud. His people, 
who searched for him, heard the sound, and, en- 
tering the cottage, were surprised to see him in 
such a garb. " Here are four fellows," said the 



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emperor, " who have dreamt what they please : 
I must also dream in • my turn." Sitting down, 
and shutting his eyes a little while, he then 
started up, saying, " I have dreamt that I saw 
four thieves hanged ; " and immediately ordered 
his dream to be fulfilled, the master of the inn 
being compelled to be their executioner. 

591. — During the reign of James II., when 
the king was much disliked for his oppression, 
and the number of taxes imposed on the people, 
his majesty, in the progress of a tour, stopt at 
Sudbury, in Suffolk, when the corporation re- 
solved to address him ; but, as the mayor did not 
possess much literature, it w r as settled that the 
town clerk should be his prompter. Being in- 
troduced to the presence, the town-clerk whis- 
pered to the trembling mayor, " Hold up your 
head, and look like a man." His worship, mis- 
taking this for the beginning of a speech, re- 
peated aloud to the king, " Hold up your head, 
and look like a man." The town clerk, in amaze, 
again whispered him, " What do you mean by 
this, Sir? " The mayor, in the same manner, 
repeated, "What do you mean by this, Sir?" 
The town-clerk, alarmed, whispered still more 
earnestly, " I tell you, Sir, you'll ruin us all." 
The mayor, still imagining this to be part of his 
speech, concluded his matchless performance 
with, " / tell you, Sir, you'll ruin us all." 

592. — That sort of rhetoric is best which is 
most reasonable and catching. An instance we 
have in that old commander at Cadiz, who proved 



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a good orator. Being to say something to his 
soldiers (which he was not used to do), he made 
them a speech to this purpose : " What a shame 
would it be, you Englishmen, that feed upon 
good beef and beer, to let those rascally Span- 
iards beat you, that eat nothing but oranges and 
lemons." And thus he put more courage into 
his men than he could have done by a learned 
oration. 

593. — A Poor Woman, understanding that 
Dr. Goldsmith was a physician, and hearing of 
his great humanity, solicited him, by letter, to 
send her something for her husband, who had 
lost his appetite, and was reduced to a most mel- 
ancholy state. The good-natured poet waited on 
her instantly, and, after some discourse with his 
patient, found him sinking with sickness and 
poverty. The doctor told the honest pair that 
they should hear from him in an hour, when he 
would send him some pills, which he believed 
would prove efficacious. He immediately went 
home, and put ten guineas into a chip-box, with 
the following label : " These must be used as ne- 
cessities require; be patient, and of good heart." 
He sent his servant with this prescription to the 
comfortless mourner, who found it contained a 
remedy superior to anything Galen, or his dis- 
ciples, could ever administer. 

594. — " What have you got to say, old 
B aeon-face? " said a counsellor to a farmer, at a 
late Cambridge Assizes. " Why," answered the 
farmer, " I am thinking my Bacon-face and 






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your Calfs-head would make a very good 
dish ! " 

595. — The late celebrated penurious H. Jen- 
nings, Esq., of Acton Place, who was reputed to 
be the richest commoner in England, when at 
the age of 92, was applied to by one of his ten- 
ants, then in the 80th year of his age, to renew 
his lease for a further term of 14 years, when, 
after some general observations, Mr. Jennings 
coolly said, " Take a lease for 21 years, or you 
will be troubling me again! " and this was ac- 
cordingly granted. 

596. — The Hibernian Schoolmaster, set- 
tled in a village near London, who advertised 
that he intended to keep a Sunday school twice 
a week, Tuesday and Thursday, reminds us of 
the mock mayor of a place in the west, who de- 
clared, on his election, that he was resolved to 
hold his quarter-sessions monthly. 

597. — An'ro Gemmle, was called the " King 
of the beggars," and was very fond of playing 
off little jeuoc d'esprits of his own formation. 
Once, as a priest was going to his church, he 
espied An'ro on the road, seemingly in the most 
profound meditation, pondering deeply," with 
leaden eye that loves the ground," on something 
lying in the way, and stepping seriously round 
it. The clergyman came up, and said — " Well, 
An'ro, what's this that seems to be puzzling you 
so? For my part I see nothing but a horseshoe 
on the road." — " Dear me," returned the Gaber- 
lunzie, with uplifted hands, " what disna that 



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lair do — I ha'e glour'd at that shoe now the part 
o' hauf an hour, and deil take me gif I could say 
whether it was a horse-shoe or a mare-shoe." 
This is Walter Scott's Eddie Ochiltree. 

598. — The late General Scott, so celebrated 
for his success in gaming, was one evening play- 
ing very deep with the Count D'Artois and the 
Duke de Chartres, at Paris, when a petition was 
brought up from the widow of a French officer, 
stating her various misfortunes, and praying re- 
lief ; a plate was handed round, and each person 
put in one, two, or three louis d'ors ; but when 
it was held to the general, who was going to 
throw for a stake of 500 louis d'ors, he said — 
" Stop a moment, if you please, Sir, here goes 
for the widow ! " The throw was successful, 
and he instantly swept the whole into the plate, 
and sent it down to the astonished petitioner. 

599.— A Philadelphia Paper relates the fol- 
lowing laughable occurrence : — A prisoner, at 
the bar at the Mayor's Court, in that city, being 
called on to plead to an indictment for larceny, 
was told by the clerk to hold up his right hand. 
The man immediately held up his left hand. 
" Hold up your right hand," said the clerk. 
" Please your honour," said the culprit, still 
keeping up his left hand, " I am left-handed." 

600. — Soon after Lord Kenyon was appointed 
Master of the llolls, he was listening very at- 
tentively to a 3 r oung clerk, who, reading to him, 
before a number of gentlemen of the long robe, 
the conveyances of an estate, and on coming tq 



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the word enough, pronounced it enow. His 
lordship immediately interrupted him — " Hold ! 
hold ! you must stand corrected ; e-n-o-u-g-h is, 
according to the vernacular custom, pronounced 
enuff, and so must all other English words, which 
terminate in o-u-g-h, as, for example, tough, 
rough, cough, &c." The clerk bowed, blushed, 
and went on for some time; when coming to the 
word plough, he, with a loud voice, and a pene- 
trating look at his honour, called it pluff! The 
great lawyer stroked his chin, and, with a 
smile, candidly said — " Young man, / sit cor- 
rected." 

601. — In the Year 1797, when democratic 
notions ran high, it may be remembered that the 
king's coach was attacked as his majesty was 
going to the House of Peers. A gigantic Hi- 
bernian, on that occasion, was conspicuously 
loyal in repelling the mob. Soon after, to his 
no small surprise, he received a message from 
Mr. Dundas to attend at his office. He went, 
and met with a gracious reception from the great 
man, who, after prefacing a few encomiums on 
his active loyalty, desired to point out any way 
in which he would wish to be advanced, his ma- 
jesty having particularly noticed his courageous 
conduct, and being desirous to reward it. Pat 
scratched and scraped for a while, half thunder- 
struck — " The devil take me if I know what I'm 
fit for." — " Nay, my goad fellow," cried Harry, 
" think a moment, and dinna throw yoursel out 
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smirking as if some odd idea had strayed into 
his noddle — " I'll tell you what, mister, make a 
Scotchman of me, and, by St. Patrick, there'll 
be no fear of my getting on." The minister 
gazed awhile at the mat apropos wit — " Make a 
Scotchman of you, Sir, that's impossible, for I 
can't give you prudence." 

602. — Dr. Burney, who wrote the celebrated 
anagram on Lord Nelson, after his victory of the 
Nile, " Honcr est a Nilo " (Horatio Nelson), 
was shortly after on a visit to his lordship, at 
his beautiful villa at Merton. From his usual 
absence of mind, he neglected to put a night cap 
into his portmanteau, and consequently borrowed 
one from his lordship. Previously to his retiring 
to rest, he sat down to study, as was his common 
practice, having first put on the cap, and was 
shortly after alarmed by finding it in flames ; 
he immediately collected the burnt remains, and 
returned them, with the following lines: — 

Take your night-cap again, my good lord, I desire, 

I would not retain it a minute; 
What belongs to a Nelson, wherever there's fire, 

Is sure to be instantly in it. 

603. — The celebrated Dr. Ward was not 
more remarkable for his humanity and skill, than 
wit and humour. An old woman, to whom he 
had administered some medicines proper for a 
disorder under which she labored, applied to him, 
with a complaint that^she had not experienced 
any kind of effect from taking them. " No 
effect at all? " says the doctor. " None in the 



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least," replies the woman. "*Why then you 
should have taken a bumping glass of gin." — 
" So I did, Sir."— " Well, but when you found 
that did not succeed, you should have taken 
another." — " So I did, Sir, and another after 
that." — " Oh, you did," says the doctor ; " aye, 
it is just as I imagined; you complain that you 
found no effect in my prescription, after you 
confess yourself, that you swallowed gin enough 
to counteract any medicine in the whole system 
of physic." 

604. — A Beauish Marquis waited on some 
ladies, in order to take them to the Paris Observa- 
tory where the celebrated Cassini was to observe 
an eclipse of the sun. The arrival of this party 
had been delayed by the toilet; and the eclipse 
was over when the petit-maitre appeared at the 
door. He was informed he had come too late, 
and that all was past. " Never mind, ladies," 
said he, " step up ; Monsieur Cassini is a particu- 
lar friend of mine ; he will be so obliging as to 
begin again for me." 

605.- — Some time ago Mr. , a most re- 
spectable tradesman of Birmingham, discovered 
that his son, a boy of five years of age, was ac- 
customed to ask those gentlemen who came to 
his house to give him money, and immediate!^ 
extorted a promise from him, under a threat of 
correction, that he would not do so any more. 

The next day Mr. , his father's partner, 

called, and the boy evaded a breach of his prom- 
ise, by saying, " Friend P., do thee know any 



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who would lend -me a penny, and not require it 
of me again? " 

606. — A Stupid Person on day seeing a man 
of learning enjoying the pleasures of the table, 
said — " So, Sir, philosophers I see can indulge 
in the greatest delicacies." — " Why not," replied 
the other, " do you think providence intended all 
the good things for the ignorant? " 

607. — A Girl forced by her parents into a 
disagreeable match with an old man whom she 
detested, when the clergyman came to that part 
of the service where the bride is asked if she con- 
sents to take the bridegroom for her husband, 
said, with great simplicity — " Oh dear, no, Sir ; 
but you are the first person who has asked my 
opinion about the matter." 

608. — It was said of a great caluminator, 
and a frequenter of other persons' tables, that 
he never opened his mouth but at another man's 
expense. 

609. — A Fire happening, not long since, at 
a public house, a man passing at the time en- 
treated one of the firemen to play the engine 
upon a particular door, and backed his request 
by the bribe of a shilling. The fireman conse- 
quently complied, upon which the arch rogue ex- 
claimed — " You've done what I never could do 
— for, egad, you've liquidated my score! " 

610. — Soon after the conclusion of the French 
war in Queen Elizabeth's time, a young pert offi- 
cer, who had been but lately enlisted in the ser- 
vice, came to the ordinary at the Black Horse 



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Inn, Holborn, where Major Johnston, a brave, 
rough, old Scotch officer, and one that feared the 
Lord, usually dined. The young gentleman, 
while at dinner, was venting some new fangled 
notions, and speaking, in the gaiety of his hu- 
mour, against the dispensations of Providence, 
when the major, at first, only desired him to speak 
more respectfully of one for whom all the com- 
pany had an honour; but finding him run on in 
his extravagance, began to reprimand him in a 
more serious manner. " Young man," said he, 
" do not abuse your benefactor whilst you are 
eating his bread. Consider whose air you 
breathe, whose presence you are in, and who it 
is that gave you the power of that very speech 
which you make use of to his dishonour." The 
young fellow, who thought to turn matters into 
a jest, asked him if he was going to preach; but 
at the same time desired him to take care what 
ht said when he spoke to a man of honour. " A 
man of honour," said the major, " thou art an 
infidel and a blasphemer, and I shall use thee as 
such." In short, the quarrel ran so high, that 
the young officer challenged the major. Upon 
their coming into the garden, the old fellow ad- 
vised his antagonist to consider the place into 
which one pass might plunge him ; but on finding 
him to grow upon him to a degree of scurrility, 
as believing the advice proceeded from fear — 
" Sirrah," said he, " if a thunderbolt does not 
strike thee dead before I come at thee, I shall not 
fail to chastise thee for thy prof aneness to thy 



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Maker, and thy sauciness to his servant." Upon 
this he drew his sword, and cried out with a loud 
voice — " The sword of the Lord and of Gideon ! " 
which so terrified his antagonist, that he was im- 
mediately disarmed, and thrown upon his knees. 
In this posture he begged his life, but the major 
refused to grant it, before he asked pardon in 
a short extemporary prayer, which the old gen- 
tleman dictated upon the spot, and which his 
proselyte repeated to him in the presence of the 
whole ordinary that were then gathered about 
them in the garden, to their no small diver- 
sion. 

611. — Munden, when confined to his bed by 
the gout, and unable to put his feet to the 
ground, being told by a friend that his dignified 
indisposition was the laugh of the Green room, 
pleasantty replied — " Though I love to laugh, 
and make others laugh, yet I would much rather 
they would make me a standing joke." 

612. — It is well known that the veterans who 
preside at the examinations of surgeons, ques- 
tion minutely those who wish to become qualified. 
After answering very satisfactorily to the nu- 
merous inquiries made, a young gentleman was 
asked, if he wished to give his patient a profuse 
perspiration what he would prescribe. He men- 
tioned many diaphoric medicines in case the first 
failed, but the unmerciful questioner thus con- 
tinued — " Pray, Sir, suppose none of those suc- 
ceeded, what step would you take next? " 
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young Esculapius, " I would send him here to 
be examined; and if that did not give him a 
sweat, I do not know what would." 

613. — A Learned Doctor being very busy 
in his study, a little girl came to ask him for 
some fire. " But, says the doctor, " you have 
nothing to take it in." As he was going to fetch 
something for that purpose, the little girl 
stooped down at the fireplace, and taking some 
cold ashes in one hand, she put live embers on 
them with the other. The astonished doctor 
threw down his books, saying — " With all my 
learning, I should never have found out that 
expedient." 

614. — The Late Lord Clonmel, who never 
thought of demanding more than a shilling for 
an affidavit, used to be well satisfied, provided it 
was a good one. In his time the Birmingham 
shillings were current, and he used the following 
extraordinary precaution to avoid being imposed 
upon, by taking a bad one — " You shall true 
answer make to such questions as shall be de- 
manded of you, touching this affidavit, so help 
you God ! Kiss the book — Is this a good shil- 
ling? Are the contents of this affidavit true? 
Is this your name and hand-writing? " 

615. — A Chimney Sweeper's Boy went into 
a baker's shop for a two-penny loaf and conceiv- 
ing it to be diminutive in size, remarked to the 
baker that he did not believe it was weight. 
" Never mind that," said the man of dough, 
" you will have the less to carry." " True," re- 



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plied the lad, and throwing three half-pence on 
the counter left the shop. The baker called after 
him that he had not left money enough. " Never 
mind that," said young sooty, " you will have 
the less to count." 

616. — When Mr. Sheridan first stood for 
Stafford, he made abundant promises to procure 
places for such electors as would vote for him; 
and, wonderful to relate! he kept his word, for 
numbers of them were appointed to offices in 
Drury-lane theatre and the opera house. By 
this munificence he gained his election; but in a 
very short time he found opportunities to oblige 
new friends, most of the others being obliged to 
relinquish their situations from receiving no 
fay. 

617. — The Late Duke of Devonshire, 
who used to leave Brookes's, regularly, at a very 
late hour, in passing by the stall of a cobbler 
at the end of Jermyn-street, on his way home, 
always wished the cobbler a " good night ;" 
which the cobbler as regularly returned by wish- 
ing his grace a " gcod morning ! " 

618. — Lord Kames used to relate a story of 
a man, who claimed the honour of his acquaint- 
ance on rather singular grounds. His lord- 
ship, when one of the justiciary judges, re- 
turning from the north circuit to Perth, hap- 
pened one night to sleep at Dunkeld. The next 
morning, walking towards the ferry, but appre- 
hending he had missed his way, he asked a man 
whom he met to conduct him. The other an- 



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swered, with much cordiality — " That I will do 
with all my heart, my lord ; does not your lord- 
ship remember me? My name 's John ; I 

have had the honour to be before your lordship 
for stealing sheep ! "—*-" Oh, John, I remember 
you well; and how is your wife? she had the 
honour to be before me too, for receiving them, 
knowing them to be stolen." — " At your lord- 
ship's service. We were very lucky, we got off 
for want of evidence ; and I am still going on in 
the butcher trade." — " Then," replied his lord- 
ship, " we may have the honour of meeting 
again." 

619. — A Fortune-teller was arrested at 
his theatre of divination, al fresco, at the corner 
of the Rue de Bussy, in Paris, and carried be- 
fore the tribunal of correctional police. " You 
know how to read the future? " said the presi- 
dent, a man of great wit, but too fond of a 
joke for a magistrate. " I do, M. le President," 
replied the sorcerer. " In this case," said the 
judge, " you know the judgment we intend to 
pronounce? " — " Certainly." — " Well, what will 
happen to you? " — " Nothing." — " You are 
sure of it?" — "You will acquit me." — "Ac- 
quit you? "— " There is no doubt of it." — 
" Why ? " — " Because, Sir, if it had been your 
intention to condemn me, you would not have 
added irony to misfortune." The president, 
disconcerted, turned to his brother judges, and 
the sorcerer was acquitted. 

620. — Some tvne ago, as a lady, who pos- 



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sessed great personal charms, was walking along 
a narrow lane, she perceived just behind her a 
hawker of earthenware driving an ass with two 
panniers laden with his stock in trade. To give 
the animal and his master room to pass, the lad}' 
suddenly started aside, which so frightened the 
poor animal that he ran away, but had not pro- 
ceeded far when he unfortunately fell, and a 
great part of the crockery was broken to pieces. 
The lady in her turn became alarmed, lest, when 
she came up to the man, he should load her with 
abuse, if not offer to insult her : but, to her sur- 
prise, when she arrived at the spot, the man, with 
great good humour, gallantry, and wit, ex- 
claimed — " Never mind, madam, Balaam's ass 
was frightened by an angel ! " 

621. — Cxe morning a party came into the 
public rooms at Buxton, somewhat later than 
usual, and requested some tongue. They were 
told that Lord Byron had eaten it all. " I am 
very angry with his lordship," said a lady, loud 
enough for him to hear the observation. " I am 
sorry for it, madam," retorted Lord Byron, 
;; but before I ate the tongue, I was assured you 
did not want it." 

622. — Me. Pitt was disputing at a cabinet 
dinner on the energy and beauty of the Latin 
language. In support of the superiority which 
he affirmed it to have over the English, he as- 
serted, that two negatives made a thing more 
positive than one affirmative possibly could. 
" Then," said Thurlow, " your father and 



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mother must have been two complete negatives, 
to make such a positive fellow as you are." 

623. — It was with as much delicacy as satire, 
that Porson returned, with the manuscript of a 
friend, the answer, " That it would be read, when 
Llomer and Virgil were forgotten, but not till 
then." 

624. — Sheridan inquiring of his son what 
side of politics he should espouse on his inaug- 
uration to St. Stephen's chapel; the son replied, 
that he intended to vote for those who offered 
best, and that in consequence he should wear on 
his forehead a label, " To let ; " to which the 
facetious critic rejoined, " I suppose, Tom, you 
mean to add, unfurnished." 

625. — On Mr. H. Erskine's receiving his ap- 
pointment to succeed Mr. Dundas, as justiciary 
in Scotland he exclaimed that he must go and 
order his silk robe. " Never mind," said Mr. 
Dundas, " for the short time you will want it 
you had better borrow mine ! " — " No ! " replied 
Erskine, " how short a time soever I may need 
it, heaven forbid that I commence my career by 
adopting the abandoned habits of my prede- 
cessor." 

626. — Lord B who sports a ferocious 

pair of whiskers, meeting Mr. O'Connel in Dub- 
lin, the latter said, " When do you mean to 
place your whiskers on the peace establish- 
ment? " — " When you place your tongue on the 
civil list? " was the witty rejoinder. 

627. — A Friend made Garrick a present of 



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a case that contained a razor, a strap, and a 
shaving box ; and telling him that he would find 
some other pretty little things in it. " I hope," 
said Garrick, "as I cannot shave myself, that 
one of them is a pretty little barber." 

628. — David Garrick was once on a visit at 
Mr. Rigby's seat, Mistley Hall, Essex, when Dr. 
Gough formed one of the party. Observing the 
potent appetite of the learned Doctor, Garrick 
indulged in some coarse jests on the occasion, to 
to the great amusement of the company, the Doc- 
tor excepted ; who, when the laugh had subsided, 
thus addressed the party : " Gentlemen, you must 
doubtless suppose from the extreme familiarity 
with which Mr. Garrick has thought fit to treat 
me, that I am an acquaintance of his ; but I can 
assure you, that, till I met him here, I never saw 
him but once before, and then I paid five shil- 
lings for the sight." Roscius was silent. 

629. — The Late Duke of Norfoek was re- 
markably fond of his bottle. On a masquerade 
night, he consulted Foote as to what character 
he should appear in. " Don't go disguised," 
said Foote, " but assume a new character ; go 
sober " 

630. — As Burke was declaiming with great 
animation against Hastings, he was interrupted 
by little Major Scott. " Am I," said he, indig- 
nantly, " to be teazed by the barking of this 
jackal, while I am attacking the royal tiger of 
Bengal." 

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Curran to a remark of Lord Clare, who curtly 
exclaimed at one of his legal positions, " O ! if 
that be law, Mr. Curran, I may burn my law 
books ! " — " Better read them, my lord," was 
the sarcastic and appropriate rejoinder. 

632. — Dean Swift, among other eccentrici- 
ties, determined upon having a feast once a year, 
in imitation of the Saturnalia in ancient Rome. 
In this project he engaged several persons of 
rank, and his plan was put in execution at the 
deanery-house. When all the servants were 
seated, and every gentleman placed behind his 
own servant, the Dean's footman, who presided, 
found fault with some meat which was not done 
to his taste; and imitating his master on such 
occasions, threw it at him. But the Dean was 
either so mortified by the reproof, or so pro- 
voked at the insult, that he flew into a violent 
passion, beat the fellow, and dispersed the whole 
assembly. — Thus abruptly terminated the 
Dean's Saturnalia. 

633. — A Gentleman, at whose house Swift 
was dining in Ireland, after dinner introduced 
remarkably small hock glasses, and at length 
turning to Swift addressed him,- — " Mr. Dean, 
I shall be happy to take a glass of hie, hsec, hoc, 
with you." — " Sir, rejoined the Doctor, " I shall 
be happy to comply, but it must be out of a 
hujus glass." 

634. — Dean Swift having preached an as- 
size sermon in Ireland, was invited to dine with 
the judges; and having in his sermon considered 



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the use and abuse of the law, he then pressed a 
little hard upon those counsellors, who plead 
causes, which they knew in their consciences to 
be wrong. When dinner was over, and the glass 
began to go round, a young barrister retorted 
upon the dean; and after several altercations, 
the counsellor asked him, " If the devil were to 
die, whether a parson might not be found, who, 
for money, would preach his funeral sermon ! " 
— " Yes," said Swift, " I would gladly be the 
man, and I would then give the devil his due, as 
I have this day done his children." 

635. — Swift greatly admired the talents of 
the late Duke of Wharton; and hearing him, 
one day, recount many of his frolics, " Ah, my 
lord," said he, " you have had many frolics : but 
let me recommend one more to you, Take a frolic 
to be virtuous. — I assure you it will do you more 
honour than all the rest." 

636. — A Dispute happening to turn upon 
the origin of whiggism, Dr. Johnson trium- 
phantly challenged Dr. Crowe to tell him who 
was the first whig; the latter finding himself a 
little puzzled, Johnson tauntingly rejoined, " I 
see, Sir, that you are even ignorant of the head 
of your own party, but I will tell you, Sir; the 
devil was the first whig ; he was the first re- 
former; he wanted to set up a reform even in 
heaven ! " Dr. Crowe calmly replied, " I am 
much obliged to you for your information, and 
I certainly did not foresee that you would go so 
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637. — Dr. Robertson observed, that John- 
son's jokes were the rebukes of the righteous, 
described in scripture as being like excellent oil. 
" Yes," exclaimed Burke, " oil of vitriol ! " 

638. — Foote being in company, and the 
" Tuscan grape " producing more riot than con- 
cord, he observed one gentleman so far gone in 
debate as to throw the bottle at his antagonist's 
head, upon which, catching the missile in his 
hand, he restored the harmony of the company, 
by observing that " if the bottle was passed 
so quickly, not one of them would be able to 
stand out the evening." 

639. — When the repeal of the Test Act was 
agitated in the house, a deputation from the Dis- 
senters waited on Lord Thurlow to solicit his 
vote, he listened to a long harangue with much 
patience ; when it was finished, he rose up, and 
addressed them, — " Gentlemen, you have called 
on me to request my vote for the repeal of the 
Test Act. Gentlemen, I shall not vote for the 
repeal of the 'Test Act. I care not whether your 
religion has the ascendancy, or mine, or any, or 
none; but this I know, that when you were up- 
permost, you kept us down, and now that we are 
uppermost, with God's help, we will keep you 
down." 

640. — Mr. Rogers was requested by Lady 
Holland to ask Sir Philip Francis, whether he 
was the author of Junius. The poet approached 
the knight, " Will you, Sir Bhilip, — will your 
kindness excuse my addressing to you a single 



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question?" — "At your peril, Sir!" was the 
harsh and the laconic answer. The intimidated 
bard retreated to his friends, who eagerly asked 
him the result of his application. " I don't 
know," he answered, " whether he is Junius ; but, 
if he be, he is certainly Junius Brutus." 

641. — On the Duke of York's horse Moses 
winning a match at Ascot, his royal highness ap- 
peared to look very thoughtful. A spectator 
asked Mr. Hunt, who happened to be present, 
what he supposed the royal sportsman could 
then be pondering on? " Why, you know," re- 
plied Mr. H. " that the duke is a bishop, and he 
is doubtless thinking of Moses and the profits." 

642. — A Corsican, the leader of a gang of 
banditti, who had long been famous for his ex- 
ploits, was at length taken, and committed to the 
care of a soldier, from whom he contrived to es- 
cape. The soldier was tried, and condemned to 
death. At the place of execution, a man, coming 
up to the commanding officer, said — " Sir, I am 
a stranger to you, but you shall soon know who 
I am ; I have heard that one of your soldiers is 
to die for having suffered a prisoner to escape 
— he was not at all to blame — besides, the pris- 
oner shall be restored to you. Behold him here, 
I am the man. I cannot bear that an innocent 
man should be punished for me, and I am come 
to die myself." — " No," cried the French officer, 
who felt as he ought the sublimity of the action, 
" thou shalt not die, and the soldier shall be set 
at liberty. Endeavour to reap the fruits of thy 



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generosity ; thou deservest to be henceforth an 
honest man." 

643. — Whiston was a pensioner of Queen 
Caroline, who sometimes admitted him to the 
honour of her conversation, and paid the pension 
with her own hands. One day, she said to him 
— " Mr. Whiston, I understand you are a free 
speaker, and honestly tell people of their faults ; 
no one is without faults, and I wish you would 
tell me of mine ; " and she pressed him to do so. 
He was still upon the reserve ; she pressed him 
the more. " Well," said he, "since your ma- 
jesty insists upon it, I must obey you. There 
are an abundance of people who come out of the 
country, every spring, to London, and they na- 
turally desire to see the king and queen, and 
have not any opportunity of seeing your ma- 
j esties so conveniently as at the Chapel Royal ; 
but these country folks, who are not used to 
such things, when they see your majesty talking 
with the king almost all the time of divine serv- 
ice, are perfectly astonished, and depart, with 
strange impressions, into their respective coun- 
tries, and make their reports there (let me tell 
you) not at all to your majesty's honour." — 
" I am sorry for it," answered the queen ; " I 
believe there may be too much truth in what you 
say ; but pray, Mr. Whiston, tell me of another 
fault." — " No, madam," said he, " one at a 
time; let me see you mend of this before I tell 
you of another." 

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the Turks, in his attack on Hungary, took the 
city of Belgrade, which was considered as the 
bulwark of Christendom. After this important 
conquest, a woman of low rank approached him, 
and complained bitterly, that some of his soldiers 
had carried off her cattle, in which consisted her 
sole wealth. " You must then have been in a 
deep sleep," said Solyman, smiling, " if you did 
not hear the robbers." — " Yes, my sovereign," 
replied the woman, " I did sleep soundly, but it 
was in the fullest confidence that your highness 
watched for the public safety." The emperor, 
who had an elevated mind, far from resenting 
this freedom, made the poor woman ample 
amends for the loss she had sustained. 

64<5. — In a country news-room, the following 
notice is written over the chimney : — " Gentle- 
men learning to spell are requested to use yes- 
terday's paper ! " 

6^6. — About the year 1762, a colonel in com- 
mand in the West-Indies, was ordered to disem- 
bark his corps for the attack of one of the 
islands. In stepping into a boat, he fell over- 
board, and the current was carrying him rapidly 
from the ship, when an honest tar jumped after 
him, kept him afloat till a boat was despatched 
to his assistance, and put him on board again 
in safety. One of Jack's messmates, having ob- 
served the colonel prt something into the hands 
of his deliverer, stepped up to him and exclaimed 
— " Damme, Jack, you're in luck to-day, aye ! " 
and eagerly opening his hand, expected at least 



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to share in a can of grog; but, on discovering 
the generous reward, a sixpence, the tar uttered 
a prayer, and whispered his messmate — " Never 
mind, Jack, every man knows the value of his 
life best." 

647. — A West-Indian, who had a remark- 
ably fiery nose, sleeping in his chair, a negro- 
boy, who was in waiting, observed a mosquito 
hovering about his face. Quashi eyed the insect 
very attentively, and at last saw him alight upon 
his master's nose, and immediately fly off again. 
— " Ah ! " exclaimed the negro, " me glad to see 
you burn your foot." 

648. — In the early period of the history of 
Methodism, some of Mr. Wesley's opponents, in 
the excess of their zeal against enthusiasm, took 
up a whole waggon load of Methodists, and car- 
ried them before a magistrate. When they were 
asked, what these persons had done, there was an 
awkward silence; at last, one of the . accusers 
said — " Why, they pretended to be better than 
other people ; and besides, they prayed from 
morning till night." The magistrate asked if 
they had done anything else. " Yes, Sir," said 
an old man, " an't please your worship, they 
convarted my wife ; till she went among them, 
she had such a tongue, and now she is as quiet as 
a lamb." — " Carry them back," said the magis- 
trate, " and let them convert all the scolds in the 
town." 

649. — When Admiral Haddock was dying, 
he called his son, and thus addressed him — 



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" Considering my rank in life, and public serv- 
ices for so many years, I shall leave you but a 
small fortune ; but, my boy, it is honestly got, 
and will wear well; there are no seamen's wages 
or provisions, nor one single penny of pinch- gut 
money in it." 

650. — Sir Andrew Agnew, a Scotch baro- 
net, was famous heretofore for giving broad 
hints. The nature of them will be best ascer- 
tained by the following anecdote. Sir Andrew 
having for some time been pestered by an impu- 
dent and impertinent intruder, it was one day 
remarked to the baronet, by a friend, that this 
man no longer appeared in his company, and 
asked how he contrived to get rid of him. " In 
truth," said the baronet, " I was obliged to give 
the chield a broad hint." — " A broad hint," re- 
plied the friend, " I thought he was one of those 
who could not take a hint." — " By my faith, 
but he was forced to take it," answered Sir An- 
drew, " for, as the fellow would not gang out of 
the door, I threw him out of the window." 

651. — A Russian Officer, named Valensky, 
who had a command in the Persian expedition, 
had once been beaten by the Emperor Peter's 
order, mistaking him for another. " Well," 
says Peter, " I am sorry for it, but you will de- 
serve it one day or other, and then remind me 
that you are in arrears with me ; " which accord- 
ingly happened upon that very expedition, and 
he was excused. 

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asked by the king, what physician and apothe- 
cary he made use of to look so well at his time of 
life — " Sire," replied the gentleman, " my physi- 
cian has always been a horse, and my apothecary 
an ass." 

653. — A Gentleman at Paris amusing him- 
self in the gallery of the Palais Royal, observed, 
while he was carelessly looking over some pamph- 
lets at a bookseller's shop, a suspicious fellow 
stand rather too near him. The gentleman was 
dressed, according to the fashion of the times, 
in a coat with a prodigious number of silver 
tags and tassels, upon which the thief began to 
have a design ; and the gentleman, not willing to 
disappoint him, turned his head another way, to 
give him an opportunity. The thief immedi- 
ately set to work, and, in a trice, twisted off 
seven or eight of the silver tags. The gentleman 
perceived it; and, drawing out a penknife, 
caught the fellow by the ear and cut it off close 
to his head. " Murder ! murder ! " cries the 
thief. " Robbery ! robbery ! " cries the gentle- 
man. Upon this the thief, in a passion, throw- 
ing them at the gentleman, roared — " There are 
your tags and buttons."- — " Very well," says the 
gentleman, throwing it back in the like manner, 
" there is your ear." 

654. — When Earl Spencer was a boy he 
called at an inn at St. Alban's, where he had fre- 
quently stopped, and observing that the land- 
lord looked unusually dejected, asked him the 
cause. After some hesitation, the landlord said, 



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" That affairs ran cross, his creditors were se- 
vere, and he should be soon obliged to shut up 
his house." — " That is a pity," said the young 
nobleman ; " how much money will be required to 
reinstate you? " — " Oh, your honour, a great 
sum ; not less than a thousand pounds." — " And 
would that sum perfectly answer the purpose? " 
— " It would, Sir ; and I would honestly repay 
any gentleman who would be generous enough 
to advance it." Young Spencer said no more, 
but ordering his horses to his carriage, posted 
back to London, and going instantly to his 
guardian, told him he wanted a thousand pounds. 
" A thousand pounds, Sir ! " said the guardian, 
" it is a large sum. May I ask to what purpose 
it is to be applied? " — " No purpose of extrav- 
agance upon my honour, but I will not tell you 
to what use it is to be destined." The guardian 
refused to advance the cash. The young gentle- 
man hurried to his relations, and made his com- 
plaint ; a consultation was held, and it was 
at length agreed to let him have the money, with- 
out demanding the mode in which he intended to 
dispose of it. He carried it immediately to the 
distressed landlord, whose business was con- 
ducted with fresh vigour, and his inn has been 
since one of the most capital in England. 

655. — Lord Nelson and Mr. Pitt could 
never agree. It was told Nelson, that Pitt said 
— " He was the greatest fool he ever knew when 
on shore." — " He speaks truth," said the hero, 
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had him on board of ship \ nevertheless, I am as 
clever an admiral as he is a statesman, which is 
saying a great deal for myself." He disliked 
the man, but honoured his great talents. 

656. — A Sailor who had not seen the inside 
of a church for some time, strolled into that of 
Portlock, in Somersetshire, just as the minister 
ascended the pulpit, who gave out for his text, 
" Wilt thou go with me to Ramoth Gilead, to 
battle? " which being twice repeated, the tar, 
with some warmth, rose up, and exclaimed — 
" What, do none of you answer the gentlemen ? 
For my part, if nobody else will go, I'll go with 
him myself, with all my heart." 

657.— About the time when Murphy so suc- 
cessfully attacked the stage-struck heroes in the 
pleasant farce of " The Apprentice," an eminent 
poulterer went to a spouting-club in search of 
his servant, who, he understood, was that evening 
to make his debut in Lear, and entered the room 
at the moment he was exclaiming — " I am the 
king; you* cannot touch me for coining." — 
" No, you dog," cried the enraged master, catch- 
ing the mad monarch by his collar, " but I can 
for not picking the ducks." 

658. — Lord Melville told a pleasant 
story, rather at his own* expense, at a cabinet 
dinner. Some time ago he sent for Townsend, 
the Bow-street officer, who, from the line marked 
out by his lordship, then secretary of state, made 
a useful and singular discovery. Townsend, 
surprised at the sagacity of the right honour- 



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able gentleman, could not abstain from express- 
ing his admiration, by assuring him. that, with 
" a very little instruction, he would, in a fort- 
night, make the best thief-taker in the king- 
dom." 

659. — Reynolds, the dramatist, observing 
to Martin the thinness of the house at one of his 
own plays, added — " He supposed it was owing 
to the mar" — " No." replied the latter, ** it is 
owing to the piece." 

660. —A Physician being sent for, by a 
maker of universal specifics, expressed his sur- 
prise at being called in on an occasion appar- 
ently trifling. " Xot so trifling neither." re- 
plied the quack. M for. to tell you the truth. I 
have taken some of my own pills." 

661. — Philip, king of Macedon, having 
drunk too much wine, happened to determine a 
cause unjustly, to the prejudice of a poor widow, 
who. when she heard his decree, boldly cried out 
- — " I appeal to Philip sober." The king, struck 
with the peculiarity of the event, recovered his 
senses, heard the cause afresh, and. rinding his 
mistake, ordered her to be paid, out of his own 
purse, double the sum she was to have lost. This 
is an example worthy imitation. 

662. — The Neapolitans in general hold 
drunkenness in very great abhorrence. — A story 
is told there of a nobleman, who. having mur- 
dered another in a fit of jealousy, was condemned 
to suffer death. His life was offered to him on 
the ^ole condition of saving, that when he com- 



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mitted the deed he was intoxicated. He received 
the offer with disdain, and exclaimed — " I would 
rather suffer a thousand deaths, than bring eter- 
nal disgrace on my family, by confessing the 

disgraceful crime of intoxication." He per- 
sisted, and was executed. 

663. — Ax Officer of one of the shipe at 
Spithead, having occasion to send to his country- 
house in great haste a few days since, despatched 
a sailor on horseback with a letter, who, after de- 
livering it, and being refreshed, and the horse 
fed, went to the stable to prepare for his return. 
A bye-stander observed to him, " that he was 
putting on the saddle the hind part before." 
The sailor replied—" How do you know which 
way I am going to ride? " 

664. — Louis XL, when young, used to visit 
a peasant, whose garden produced excellent 
fruit. Soon after he ascended the throne, this 
peasant waited on him with his little present, a 
turnip, the produce of his own garden, of an 
extraordinary size. The king, smiling, remem- 
bered the hours of pleasure he had passed with 
him, and ordered a thousand crowns to be given 
to him. The lord of the village hearing of this 
liberality, thought within himself — " If this pea- 
sant gets a thousand crowns for a turnip, I have 
only to present his majesty with a handsome 
horse, and my fortune is made." Arriving at 
court, he requested the king's acceptance of one. 
Louis highly praised the steed, and the donor's 
expectations were raised to the utmost, when the 



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king exclaimed — " Bring me mj turnip ! " and 
added, as he presented it to the nobleman, 
" There, this cost me a thousand crowns, I give 
it to you in return for your horse." 

665. — When Lord Sandwich was to present 
Admiral Campbell, he told him, that probably, 
the king would knight him. The admiral did 
not much relish the honour. " Well, but," said 
Lord S., " perhaps Mrs. Campbell will like it." 
— " Then let the king knight her," answered the 
rough seaman. 

666. — Henry III. of France could not bear 
to be alone in a chamber where there was a cat. 
The brave Due d'Epernon fell into a swoon at 
the sight of a rabbit. The Mareschal Albert was 
always taken ill upon the bringing of a pig to 
the table. Ladislaus, king of Poland, began to 
run as often as he perceived an apple. Erasmus 
could not smell fish without becoming feverish. 
Scaliger was seized with a tremor at the sight of 
water-cresses. Tycho Brahe could scarcely sup- 
port himself on his legs if a hare or fox hap- 
pened to start up where he was. Every eclipse 
of the moon threw the Chancellor Bacon into a 
fainting fit. Boyle was seized with an ecstacy at 
the sound of water running from a pipe. La 
Mothe le Vayer could not endure the notes of any 
musical instrument, but felt the most lively pleas- 
ure whenever it thundered. An Englishman 
fainted away as often as he heard the fifty-third 
chapter of Isaiah. 

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the reign of Charles I., agreed for the price of 
a full-length, which he was to draw for a rich 
alderman of London, who was not indebted to 
nature either for shape or face. When the pic- 
ture was finished, the alderman endeavoured to 
beat down the price ; alleging, that if he did not 
purchase it, it would lay on the painter's hands. 
" That's your mistake," replied Sir Peter, " for 
I can sell it at double the price I demand." — 
" How can that be? " says the alderman; " for 
it is like nobody but myself." — " But I will draw 
a tail to it, and then it will be an excellent mon- 
key." Mr. Alderman, to prevent exposure, paid 
the sum agreed for, and carried off the picture. 

668. — A Quaker, a few years ago, having 
been cited as an evidence at a Quarter Sessions, 
one of the magistrates, who had been a black- 
smith, desired to know why he would not take off 
his hat. " It is a privilege," said the witness, 
" that the laws and liberalities of my country in- 
dulge people of our religious mode of thinking 
in." — " If I had it in my power," said the jus- 
tice, " I would have your hat nailed to your 
head." — " I thought," said Obadiah, " that thou 
had'st given over the trade of driving nails." 

669. — Charles V., in his intervals of relaxa- 
tion, used to retire to Brussels ; he was curious to 
know the sentiments of his meanest subjects con- 
cerning himself, and his administration ; there- 
fore often went out incog., and mixed himself 
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thought proper. One night his boot requiring 
immediate mending, he was directed to a cobbler. 
Unluckily it happened to be on St. Crispin's 
holiday ; and instead of finding the cobbler in- 
clined to work, he was in the height of his jollity 
among his acquaintance : the emperor acquainted 
him with what he wanted, and offered a hand- 
some gratuity. " What, friend," says the fel- 
low, " do you not know better than to ask any 
of our craft to work on St. Crispin? Was it 
Charles V. himself, I'd not do a stitch for him 
now ; but if you'll come in, and drink St. Cris- 
pin, do and welcome ; we are as merry as the 
emperor can be." The sovereign accepted his 
offer ; but while he was contemplating on their 
rude pleasure, instead of joining in it, the jovial 
host thus accosted him — " What, I suppose you 
are some Courtier Politician, or other, by that 
contemplative phiz, nay by your long nose, you 
may be a bastard of the emperor's — but be who, 
or what, you will, you're heartily welcome — 
drink about; here's Charles the Fifth's health." 
— " Then you love Charles the Fifth," replied 
the emperor. " Love him ! " says the son of 
Crispin ; " aye, aye, I love his long noseship well 
enough ; but I should love him much more, would 
he but tax us a little less ; but, what the devil 
have we to do with politics? Round with the 
glass, and merry be our hearts." After a short 
stay, the emperor took his leave, and thanked 
the cobbler for his hospitable reception. 
"That," cried he, "you're welcome to; but I 



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would not to-day have dishonoured St. Crispin 
to have worked for the emperor." 

Charles, pleased with the honest good nature 
and humour of the fellow, sent for him next 
morning to court. You must imagine his sur 
prise, to see and hear that his late guest war; 
his sovereign ! He feared his j oke on his long 
nose must be punished with death. The emperor 
thanked him for his hospitality, and as a reward 
for it, bid him ask for what he most desired, 
and take the whole night to settle his sur- 
prise and his ambition. Next day he appeared, 
and requested, that for the future, the cobblers 
of Flanders might bear for their arms a boot 
with the crown upon it. That request was 
granted ; and, so moderate was his ambition, the 
emperor bid him make another. " If," says he, 
" I am to have my utmost wishes, command that, 
for the future, the company of cobblers shall 
take place of the company of shoe-makers." It 
was accordingly so ordained, and, to this day, 
there is to be seen a chapel in Flanders adorned 
around with a boot, and an Imperial crown on 
it ; and, in all processions, the company of cob- 
blers take place before the company of shoe- 
makers. 

670. — Daniel Purcele, the famous punster, 
was desired one night in company to make a pun 
extempore. " Upon what subject? " said Dan- 
iel. — " The king," answered the other. — " Oh, 
Sir," said he, " the king is no subject." 

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rising, related a story of a person who, early one 
morning, found a large purse of money. 
" Well," replied the youth, " but the person who 
lost it rose earlier." 

672. — Some Sailors, who had made a great 
deal of prize-money, lately determined on pur- 
chasing a horse for the use of the mess; accord- 
ingly, one of them was pitched upon to buy the 
horse. As soon as this honest tar got on shore, 
he went to a noted horse-dealer, who brought 
out a very clever-looking horse for the sailor's 
inspection, which he particularly recommended 
to him, as being a nice short-backed horse. 
" Aye, that may be," said the sailor, " and that's 
the very reason he won't do, for there's seven 
of us." 

673. — A Corpulent Baronet, who piques 
himself upon his agility, exclaimed the other 
day, in the tone of exultation, to a witty friend 
— " It is strange, Tom, that I should be so un- 
commonly active, is it not ? " — " It only proves," 
answered the wit drily, " that two opposite qual- 
ities are combined, the form of the bear, with 
the alertness of the monkey." 

674. — A Cornish Clergyman, having a dis- 
pute concerning several shares in different mines, 
found it necessary to send for a London limb of 
the law, to have some conversation with the wit- 
nesses, examine the title-deeds, view the prem- 
ises, &c. The divine very soon found that his 
legal assistant was as great a rogue as ever was 
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his knowledge might be useful, he showed him 
his papers, took him to compare his surveyor's 
drawings with the situation of the pits, &c. 
When, in one of these excursions, the profes- 
sional gentleman was descending a deep shaft, 
by means of a rope which he held tight in his 
hand, he called out to the parson, who stood at 
the top, " Doctor, as you have not confined your 
studies to geography, but know all things from 
the surface to the center, pray, how far is it from 
this pit to that in the infernal regions? " — " I 
cannot exactly ascertain the distance," replied 
the divine, " but let go your hold, and you'll 
be there in a minute." 

675. — A Few Years ago were seated in a 
stage-coach a clergyman, a lawyer, and a respec- 
table-looking elderly person. The lawyer, 
wishing to quiz the clergyman, began to descant 
pretty fully on the admission of many ill-quali- 
fied persons into the church. " As a proof," 
says he, " what pretty parsons we have, I once 
heard one read, instead of — ' And Aaron made 
an atonement for the sins of the people ' — 
' And Aaron made an ointment for the shins of 
the people.' " — " Incredible," exclaimed the 
clergyman. — " Oh," replied the lawyer, " I dare 
say this gentleman will be able to inform us of 
something similar." — " That I can," said the old 
gentleman, while the face of the lawyer bright- 
ened in triumph — " for I once was present in a 
country church where the clergyman, instead of 
— ' The devil was a liar from the beginning,' 



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actually read — ' The devil was a lawyer from 
the beginning.' " 

676. — A Gentleman long famous for the 
aptitude of his puns, observing a violent fracas 
in the front of a gin-shop, facetiously termed it, 
" The battle of A- gin-court." 

677. — A Chimney-Sweeper, of very small 
stature, brought a Mrs. MTntire to Bow-street, 
a short time since, and charged her with uttering 
a gross and scandalous libel against him in Old 
Round Court, by calling him a bishop. The 
sweep said to the magistrate — " I wants to know 
why this here woman should call me a bishop ; I 
gets my living honestly as a sweep, and keeps a 
vif e and five children ; and though I bees always 
called a clergyman, and belonging to the cloth, 
and that there kind of thing, I assure your 
honour, I be no bishop." The magistrate said it 
was quite certain he was no bishop, and Mr. Har- 
ris, the sweep, concluded by saying — " It was 
hard that he, nor any one of his business, could 
not walk the streets, without being called a 
bishop." The woman was committed. 

678. — " In one of my visits, very early in 
life, to that venerable master, Dr. Pepusch," 
says Dr. Burney, " he gave me a short lesson, 
which made so deep an impression that I long 
endeavoured to practice it — ' When I was a 
young man,' said he, ' I determined never to go 
to bed at night, till I knew something that I did 
not know in the morning.' " 

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gentleman's Tamil}' between the maid and the 
coachman, about fetching the cream for break- 
fast, the gentleman one morning called them 
both before him, that he might hear what they 
had to say, and decide accordingly. The maid 
pleaded, that the coachman was lounging about 
the kitchen, the best part of the morning, yet he 
was so ill natured, he would not fetch the cream 
for her ; notwithstanding he saw she had so much 
to do, that she had not a moment to spare. The 
coachman alleged, it was out of his business. 
" Very well," said the master, " but pray what 
do you call your business? " — " To take care of 
the horses, and clean and drive the coach," re- 
plied Jehu. " You say right," answered the 
master, " and I do not expect you to do more 
than I hired you for; but this I insist on, that 
every morning, before breakfast, you get the 
coach ready, and drive the maid to the farmer's 
for milk; and I hope you will allow that to be 
part of your business." 

680. — Mb. Curran one day inquiring his 
master's age from a horse jockey's servant, he 
found it almost impossible to extract an answer. 
" Come, come, friend, has he not lost his teeth? " 
— " Do you think," returned the fellow, " that 
I know his age, as he does his horse's, by the 
mark of his mouth? " The laugh was against 
Curran, but he instantly recovered. " You were 
very right not to try, friend ; for you know your 
master's a great bite.'" 

681. — An Irishman asked an itinerant poult- 



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erer the price of a pair of fowls. " Six shillings, 
Sir." — " In my dear country, my darling, you 
might buy them for sixpence a pace." — " Why 
don't you remain in your dear country, then? " 
— " Case we have no sixpences, my jewel," said 
Pat. 

682. — A Notorious Miser having heard a 
very eloquent charity sermon, exclaimed — " This 
sermon strongly proves the necessity of alms. 
I have almost a mind to turn beggar." 

683. — A Naval Officer, relating his feats 
to a marshal, said — " That, in a sea-fight, he 
had killed 300 men with his own hand." — " And 
I," said the marshal, " descended through a 
chimney, in Switzerland, to visit a pretty girl." 
- — " How could that be," said the captain, 
" since here are no chimneys in that country." 
— " What, Sir," said the marshal, " I have al- 
lowed you to kill 300 men in a fight, and surely 
you may permit me to descend a chimney in 
Switzerland." 

684.— Mr. Sterne, the whimsical author of 
Tristram Shandy, was married to Mrs. Sterne 
on a Saturday morning. The parishioners had 
timely information of the circumstance, and 
knowing he would preach next morning at his 
parish church, and desirous at the same time of 
seeing the bride, they assembled in such crowds, 
that the church was full before the bell had done 
tolling. The bride made her appearance, and 
the country folks indulged themselves with the 
usual observations, till Sterne mounted the pul- 



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pit ; here every eye was directed to him, and 
every ear ready to catch the words of his text 
which turned out to their astonishment as fol- 
lows- — ■" We have toiled all night, and have 
caught nothing." The congregation looked at 
each other; some smiled; others stopped their 
mouths with their handkerchiefs, to prevent them 
from laughing, while the old folks wore serious 
faces, and thought the humourist a very odd sort 
of a man for a parson. They attended, however, 
to his discourse, which turned out, as usual, very 
instructive, and all went home highly delighted 
with the text, but poor Mrs. Sterne, who blushed 
down to her fingers' ends every step of the way 
to the house. 

685. — A Certain Quaker (very rich and 
very obstinate), constantly rode every morning 
to a village not far from town, and, as a proof 
of his humility, made it a rule never to turn out 
of his track for any one. A young buck under- 
took, for a wager, to make friend Aminadab, for 
once, at least, give way, without using any force 
or violence. At the proper time ( for the Quaker 
was as regular as the clock,) the young fellow 
set out on horseback, and soon seeing the Quaker 
at a distance, rode on, till his horse's nose 
touched that of the Quaker's ; when both stopped 
and sat some time looking at each other. At 
length the buck, with great composure, taking 
out a pipe, filled, and lighted it, by the help of 
a pistol thider-box ; then leaning on his elbow on 
the pummel of his saddle, smoked it out very 



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deliberately, looking very steadfastly all the 
while in the Quaker's face. His pipe out, he be- 
gan to recharge, which the Quaker seeing, im- 
mediately turned his horse's head, saying as he 
passed his opponent, " Friend, thou beest a very 
obstinate fellow." 

686. — Sheridan was dining with Lord Thur- 
low, when he produced some admirable Con- 
stantia, which had been sent him from the Cape 
of Good Hope. The wine tickled the palate of 
Sheridan, who saw the bottle emptied with un- 
common regret, and set his wits to work to get 
another. The old Chancellor was not to be so 
easily induced to produce his curious Cape in 
such profusion, and foiled all Sheridan's at- 
tempts to get another glass. — Sheridan being 
piqued, and seeing the inutility of persecuting 
the immovable pillar of the law, turned towards 
a gentleman sitting farther down, and said, 
" Sir, pass me up that decanter, for I must re- 
turn to Madeira since I cannot double the Cape." 

687. — Sheridan made his appearance one 
day in a pair of new boots — these attracting the 
notice of some of his friends, " Now guess," said 
he, " how I came by these boots ? " many prob- 
able guesses then took place — " No ! " said 
Sheridan, " no, you've not hit it, nor ever will 
— I bought them, and paid for them ! " 

688. — A Rich Member of the Lower House, 
but exceedingly penurious, having one day des- 
canted for half an hour, at the Cocoa Tree, on 
the excellent quality and cheapness of a waist- 




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coat, which, after much bating, he had just 
bought at a tailor's shop in the Strand, and 
which he was exhibiting in triumph to the gentle- 
men present, concluded by praising the high 
perfection of the Manchester manufacturers, and 
saying, " Can any thing be more reasonable? 
Can any one conceive how they let me have it so 
cheap?" — "Very easily," replied Sheridan, 
raising his hear from a newspaper, and heartily 
tired of being bored by such a subject: "they 
took you for one of the trade, and sold it to you 
wholesale." 

689. — An Attorney one day meeting Sheri- 
dan walking with another gentleman in Picca- 
dilly, told him he had just been apprenticing his 
second daughter, a very beautiful girl, to a fash- 
ionable dress-maker in Bond-street; at the same 
time asking his opinion of this family arrange- 
ment. " Depend upon it, Sir," said Sheridan, 
" that she is in as fair a way of being ruined, as 
a boy is to become a rogue, when he is first put 
clerk to a lawyer ! " 

690. — Sheridan was very desirous that his 
son Tom should marry a young woman of large 
fortune, but knew that Miss Callander had won 
his son's heart. One day, he requested Tom to 
walk with him, and soon entered on the subject 
of his marriage, and pointed out to him in glow- 
ing colours the advantages of so brilliant an alli- 
ance. Tom listened with the utmost patience, 
and then descanted on the perfections of the wo- 
man who proved the bride and solace of his de- 



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dining years. Sheridan grew warm, and expa- 
tiating on the folly of his son, at length ex- 
claimed- — " Tom, if you marry Caroline Callan- 
der, I'll cut you off with a shilling ! " Tom 
could not resist the opportunity of replying, and 
looking archly at his father, said, " Then, Sir, 
you must borrow it." Sheridan was tickled at 
the wit, and dropped the subject. 

691. — Sheridan was endeavouring to compli- 
ment (vulgo, to gammon) a city tailor out of a 
new suit of clothes, and promising him half a 
dozen similar orders every year. " You are an 
excellent cut, my friend," said Sheridan, " and 
you beat our snips of the West-end, hollow. 
Why don't you push your thimble amongst us? 
I'll recommend you every where ; upon my hon- 
our, your work gives you infinite credit." — 
" Yes," replied Twist, " I always take care that 
my work gives long credit; but the wearers 
ready money." 

692. — In a large party, one evening, the con- 
versation turned upon young men's allowance at 
college. Tom Sheridan lamented the ill judg- 
ing parsimony of many parents, in that respect. 
" I am sure, Tom," said the father, " you need 
not complain; I always allowed you eight hun- 
dred a year." — " Yes, father, I must confess you 
allowed it; but then it was never paid." 

693. — When Dr. Parr's preface to Bellen- 
denus was the theme of general admiration, 
Home Tooke said of it, rather contemptuously, 
" It consists of mere scraps ; " alluding to the 



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frequent use of the Ciceronian language. This 
sarcasm was mentioned to Parr, who afterwards 
meeting Tooke, said to him, — " So, Mr. Tooke, 
you think my Preface mere scraps? " — " True," 
replied Tooke, with inimitable readiness, " but 
you know, my dear Doctor, scraps are often tit- 
bits." 

694. — During the Rage of republican prin- 
ciples in England, and whilst the Corresponding 
Society was in full vigour, Mr. Selwyn hap- 
pened one May-day to meet a troop of chimney- 
sweepers, dressed out in all their gaudy trap- 
pings ; and observed to Mr. Fox, who was walk- 
ing with him, " I say, Charles, I have often heard 
you and others talk of the majesty of the people ; 
but I never saw any of the young princes and 
princesses till now." 

695. — Returning in haste from France in 
the winter season, on hearing a report of a prob- 
able change in the ministry, by which he was 
more than likely to lose his place, Selwyn ap- 
peared in the drawing-room at St. James's the 
next court-day in a light coloured velvet dress. 
The king taking notice of this, George replied, 
— " Yes, Sire, it is rather a cool habiliment ; but 
notwithstanding, I do assure your Majesty, that 
I have been in a violent sweat ever since my ar- 
rival in England." 

696. — A Learned Irish Judge, among other 
peculiarities, has a habit of begging pardon on 
every occasion. On his circuit, a short time 
since, his favourite expression was employed in 



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a singular manner. At the close of the assize, 
as he was about to leave the bench, the officer of 
the court reminded him that he had not passed 
sentence on one of the criminals, as he had in- 
tended — " Dear me ! " said his lordship, " I 
really beg his pardon — bring him in." 

697. — Dr. Parr and Lord Erskine are said 
to have been the vainest men of their time. At 
dinner, some years since, Dr. Parr, in ecstasy 
with the conversational powers of Lord E., 
called out to him, " My lord, I mean to write 
your epitaph." — " Dr. Parr," replied the noble 
lawyer, " it is a temptation to commit suicide." 

698. — Gibbon the historian, notwithstanding 
his shortness and rotundity, was very gallant. 
One day being alone with Madame de Cronzas, 
Gibbon wished to seize the favourable moment, 
and suddenly dropping on his knees, he declared 
his love in the most passionate terms. Madame 
de Cronzas replied in a tone to prevent the repe- 
tition of such a scene. Gibbon was thunder- 
struck, but still remained on his knees, though 
frequently desired to get up and resume his seat. 
" Sir," said Madame de Cronzas, " will you have 
the goodness to rise?" — "Alas, madam," re- 
plied the unhappy lover* " I cannot." His size 
prevented him from rising without assistance; 
upon this Madame de Cronzas rang the bell, say- 
ing to the servant, " Lift up Mr. Gibbon." 

699. — " Souvre," said Louis XV. to the com- 
mander of that name, " you are getting old ; 
where do you wish to be interred?" — "At the 



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foot of your majesty, sire," replied Souvre. 
This answer disconcerted the monarch, who re- 
mained for some time deeply immersed in 
thought. 

700. — These were two very fat noblemen at 

the court of Louis XV., the Duke de L and 

the Duke de N . They were both one day at 

the levee, when the king began to rally the for- 
mer on his corpulence. " You take no exercise, I 
suppose," said the king. — " Pardon me, sire," 

said de L , " I walk twice a day round my 

coucin de N ." 

701. — A Lady was listening to the late Lord 
Erskine's account of the people of the North 
Pole, and when he mentioned that the natives 
clothe themselves in the skins of the seals, and 
eat their flesh, " What ! live upon seals ? " ex- 
claimed the lady, with a look of horror. — " Yes, 
madam," answered Lord Erskine, " and very 
good living too, if one could but keep them." 

702. — Pope Pius VII. having come to Paris 
to crown, or rather to pronounce- the apostolic 
benediction on the coronation of Napoleon, De- 
non was deputed to shew his holiness over the 
mint, the museum, and the imperial printing- 
offices. In his presence the Lord's prayer in 150 
languages and dialects was printed and pre- 
sented to him. The Pope expressed his admira- 
tion, and turning to Denon said, " But thou hast 
not given me thy work." — " Your holiness, I 
should never have presumed to offer it to you, 
for you recollect you excommunicated me for 



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having attempted to prove in it, that the world 
was more than six thousand years old." — 
" Psha ! thou didst thy duty, and I did mine ; 
give me the book at any rate." 

703. — The Celebrated Actor, John Palm- 
er, whose father was a bill-sticker, and who had 
occasionally followed the same humble occupa- 
tion himself, being one evening strutting in the 
green-room in a pair of glittering buckles, a by- 
stander remarked that they really resembled 
diamonds. " Sir," said Palmer, with some 
warmth, " I would have you know I never wear 
any thing but diamonds ! " — " I ask your par- 
don," replied the other. " I remember the time 
when you were nothing but 'paste." The laugh 
was much heightened by Bannister exclaiming, 
" Jack, why don't you stick him against the 
wall? " 

704. — An Avaricious Fenman, who kept a 
very scanty table, dining one Saturday with his 
son at an ordinary in Cambridge, whispered in 
his ear, " Tom, you must eat for to-day and to- 
morrow." — " O yes," retorted the half-starved 
lad, " but I ha'n't eaten for yesterday and to- 
day yet, father." 

705. — Lady Beaueieu was complaining of 
being waked by a noise in the night ; my lord re- 
plied, " Oh, for my part, there is no disturbing 
me; if they don't wake me before I go to sleep, 
there is no waking me afterwards." 

706.— When Henry, Duke of Norfolk (the 
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duke), was attending James II. in his duty as 
Earl Marshal, to the Popish Chapel of the Court, 
he stopped short at the door, and, making his 
bow to the king, suffered him to pass on without 
accompanying him. The king was piqued, and 
turning round, observed, " My lord, your father 
would have gone farther." The duke made a 
lower bow than before, and replied, " Your ma- 
jesty's father would not have gone as far." 

707. — " A Lady once asked me," says Cole- 
ridge, " if I believed in ghosts and apparitions." 
I answered with truth and simplicity, " No, ma- 
dam, I have seen far too many myself." 

708. — A School-boy going into the village 
without leave, one of his masters called after him, 
"Where are you going, Sir?" — "I am going 
to buy a halfp'-worth of nails, Sir." — " What 
do you want a halfp'-worth of nails for? " — 
" For a halfpenny, Sir," replied the urchin. 

709. — At a Tea-party, where some Cantabs 
happened to be present, after the dish had been 
handed round, the lady who was presiding over 
the tea equipage " hoped the tea was good." — 
" Very good, indeed, madam," was the general 
reply, till it came to the turn of one of the Can- 
tabs to speak, who, between truth and politeness, 
shrewdly observed, " That the tea was excellent, 
but the water was smoky." 

710. — Two Oxonians dining together, one of 
them noticing a spot of grease on the neckcloth 
of his companion, said, " I see you are a Gre- 
cian" — " Pooh ! " said the other, " that's far- 



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fetched." — " No, indeed," says the punster, " I 
made it on the spot." 

711. — A Young Woman meeting her former 
fellow-servant, was asked how she liked her 
place. " Very well." — " Then you have nothing 
to complain of? " — " Nothing; only master and 
misses talk such very bad grammar." 

712. — A Noble Lord, who was aid-de-camp 
to the Duke of Wellington, visited the duke early 
on the morning of the battle of Salamanca, and 
perceiving him lying on a very small camp bed- 
stead, observed that his grace " had not room to 
turn himself." The duke immediately replied, 
" When you have lived as long as I have, you 
will know that when a man thinks of turning in 
his bed, it is time he should turn out of it." 

713. — Shortly after the commencement of 
the last war, a tax was laid on candles, which, as 
a political economist would prove, made them 
dearer. A Scotch wife, in Greenock, remarked 
to her chandler, Paddy MacBeth, that the price 
was raised, and asked why. " It's a' owin' to 
the war," said Paddy. " The war ! " said the 
astonished matron, " Gracious me ! are they gaun 
to fight by candle licht? " 

714. — Dr. Parr, who, it is well known, was 
not very partial to the " thea linensis," although 
lauded so warmly by a French writer as " nostris 
gratissima musis" being invited to take tea by 
a lady, with true classic wit and refined gal- 
lantry? uttered the following delicate "compli- 
ment : " Non possum te-cum vivere, nee sine te! " 



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715. — A Chancery Barrister having been 
for a long while annoyed by an irritable ulcer 
on one of his legs, called upon Mr. Abcrnethy 
for the purpose of obtaining that gentleman's 
advice. The counsellor judging of an ulcer as 
of a brief, that it must be seen before its nature 
could be understood, was busily employed in re- 
moving his stocking and bandages, when Mr. 
Abcrnethy abruptly advanced towards him, and 
exclaimed in a stentorian voice, " Hallo ! what 
are you about there ! put out your tongue, man ! 
Aye, there 'tis, I see it — I'm satisfied — quite 
enough — shut up your leg, man — shut it up — 
shut it up. Here, take one of these pills every 
night on going to bed." The lawyer put the 
box of pills into his pocket, handed over the fee, 
and was about to leave the room, when Mr. A. 
thus accosted him : " Why, look here, this is 
but a shilling ! " The barrister sarcastically re- 
plied : " Aye, there 'tis ! I see it — I'm satis- 
fied ! quite enough, man ! shut it up — shut it 
up ! " and hastily quitted the room. 

71 (j — An Irishman, who served on board a 
man-of-war in the capacity of a waister, was 
selected by one of the officers to haul in a tow- 
line, of considerable length, that was towing 
over the taffrail. "After rowsing-in forty or 
fifty fathoms, which had put his patience se- 
verely to proof, as well as every muscle of his 
arms, he muttered to himself, " By my soul, it's 
as long as to-day and to-morrow ! — It's a good 
week's work for any five in the ship ! — Bad luck 



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to the arm or leg, it'll lave me at last ! — What ! 
more of it yet! — Och, murder; the sa's mighty 
deep, to be sure ! " — When, after continuing in 
a similar strain, and conceiving there was little 
probability of the completion of his labour, he 
stopped suddenly short, and addressing the 
officer of the watch, exclaimed, " Bad manners to 
me, Sir, if I don't think somebody's cut off the 
other end of it! " 

717. — Rose, private secretary to Louis XIV., 
having married his daughter to M. Portail, 
president of the parliament, was constantly re- 
ceiving from his son-in-law, complaints of his 
daughter's ill-temper. To one of these he at 
length answered, that he was fully convinced of 
her misconduct, and was resolved to punish it ; 
in short, that if he heard any more of it, he would 
disinherit her. He heard no more. 

718. — " Does your husband expectorate? " 
said an apothecary to a poor Irish woman who 
had long visited his shop for her sick husband — 
" Expect to ate, yer honour — no sure, and 
Paddy does not expect to ate — he's nothing at 
all to ate ! " The humane man sent a large 
basin of mixture from a tureen of soup then 
smoking on his table. % 

719. — When George Bidder, the calculat- 
ing phenomenon, was a very little boy, he made 
the tour of England with his father, displaying 
everywhere his astonishing power of combining 
and resolving numbers. Among several very in- 
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posely for him, an ignorant pedagogue asked 
(without furnishing any data), "How many 
cow's tails would reach to the moon." The boy, 
turning upon the inquirer an eye of considerable 
archness, answered instantly, " One, if it were 
long enough." 

720.— By Statute 6th, George II. c. 37., it 
was felony without benefit of clergy to destroy 
an ash. Dr. Ash, a great wit, and friend of 
Swift, was once wet through with the rain, and 
upon going into an inn, asked the waiter to strip 
off his coat for him; upon which the waiter 
started, and said he dare not, for it was felony to 
strip an Ash. Dr. Ash used to say he would have 
given 50Z. to have been the author of that pun. 

721. — A Judge and Counsellor being 
upon indifferent terms, a client of the counsel's 
making his appearance at the bar with his jaw r 
terribly swelled, the judge remarked, " Mr. 
, this client of yours would make an excel- 
lent counsellor, he's all jaw ; " which set the court 
in a roar of laughter against the counsellor. On 
silence being obtained, the counsel remarked, 
" My lord, I think he would make a better judge, 
for his jaw is all one side." The retort turned 
the laugh against the judge, and from that day 
they were on the best terms of friendship. 

722. — A Barber, w r ho was a great talker, 
said to a person on whom he was about to op- 
erate, " How do you choose that I should shave 
you, Sir? " — " Without opening your lips," re- 
plied the customer. 



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723. — A Lady who went to consult Mr. Aber- 
nethy, began describing her complaint, which 
was what he very much disliked. Among othei 
things, she said, " Whenever I lift my arm, it 
pains me exceedingly." — " Why then, madam," 
answered Mr. A., " you are a great fool for 
doing so." 

724. — A Lady, who had received a severe bite 
in her arm from a dog, went to Mr. Abernethy, 
but knowing his aversion to hearing any state- 
ment of particulars, she merely uncovered the 
injured part, and held it before him in silence. 
After looking at it an instant, he said in an in- 
quiring tone, " Scratch? " — " Bite," replied the 
lady.—" Cat? " asked the doctor.—" Dog," re- 
joined the patient. So delighted was Mr. A. 
with the brevity and promptness of her answers, 
that he exclaimed, " Zounds, madam, you are the 
most sensible woman I ever met with in my life." 

725. — At the siege of Gironne, a cannon ball 
passed very near the Duke de Noailles, who was 
inspecting a battery. " Do you hear that 
music ! " said he to Rigolo, who commanded the 
artillery. — " I care nothing about the balls 
which come," replied Rigolo, " my business is 
with those that go." 

726. — It is related of Mr. Cheselden, well 
known as having been surgeon to the Queen of 
George II. that going into an obscure country 
town, he found a blacksmith, who, with the best 
intentions and the utmost confidence was in the 
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the cataract; pleased with his talents, he com- 
municated some instructions, and at a future 
time, inquiring what had been his success, the 
man replied : " Ah, Sir ! you spoilt my trade, 
for after you explained to me what I had been 
doing, I never dared to try again." 

727. — " Nothing can daunt the heart of a 
genuine Irishman," said an Emeralder, the other 
day, over his glass. — " Why, I have seen you 
yourself run away in a street row, Dennis," re- 
joined an Englishman who was present. — " Ah, 
ah," cried Dennis, " but it was not out of fear 
that I did it."— "How, then?"— " Oh! sure, 
jist to ka-pe myself out of harm's way, that's 
all." 

728. — Mr. Carus Wilson, whose great 
height renders him very remarkable in the streets 
of London, was met in Fleet street, during a 
frost, by a gentleman nearly as tall as himself. 
Struck with the appearance of each other, they 
entered into conversation, and were speaking, 
when interrupted by a" ragged urchin from the 
sister Isle. This genuine child of Erin, looking 
up to the giants, archly bawled out, " Your 
honours, will you be so good as to tell me if 'tis 
could up there" " 

729.— "What is Eternity? "—The follow- 
ing beautiful answer, by a pupil of the Deaf and 
Dumb School at Paris, contains a sublimity of 
conception scarcely to be equalled : — " The life- 
time of the Almighty." 

730. — An Attorney, who was much molested 



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by a fellow importuning him to bestow some- 
thing, threatened to have him taken up as a com- 
mon beggar. " A beggar ! " exclaimed the man, 
" I would have you know that I am of the same 
profession as yourself: are we not both solici- 
tors? " — " That may be, friend, yet there is this 
difference — you are not a legal one, which I am" 

731. — In a small party the subject turning 
on matrimony, a lady said to her sister, " I won- 
der, my dear, you have never made a match; I 
think you want the brimstone ; " — she replied, 
" No, not the brimstone, only the spark." 

732. — During the late panic, a person pre- 
sented about 30Z. of the notes of one of the 
country banks, for which he received payment: 
he was then asked whether he was aware that he 
had the sum of 150L in their hands? He re- 
plied " Yes ! but that was of no consequence, he 
should not lose that, as it was at interest." 

733. — At a late Parliamentary dinner, Mr. 
Plunkett was asked if Mr. Hume did not annoy 
him by his broad speeches. " No," replied he, 
" it is the length of the speeches, not their 
breadth, that we complain of in the House." 

734. — Ox a remarkably hot summer's day, an 
Irishman, thinly and openly dressed, sitting 
down in a violent perspiration, was cautioned 
against " catching cold." " Catch it," said he, 
wiping his face, " where? I wish I could catch 
it." 

735. — A Coachman, extolling the sagacity 
of one of his horses, observed, that " if anybody 



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was to go for to use him ill, he would bear malice 
like a Christian." 

736. — In the war with France, in 1782, an 
English officer being sent to Martinico, in a car- 
tel, was introduced to the French admiral, the 
Compte de Grasse, on board his vessel, the Ville 
de Paris. In the course of conversation the 
latter charged the officer with his compliments 
to Admiral (then Sir George) Rodney, and that 
he would be off Dominica on the 9th of April, 
when he would be glad to see him. On the 12th 
the important action took place, in which the 
admiral, with seven vessels, was taken. The 
same officer happening to be on deck when the 
Count surrendered his sword, accosted him with 
great politeness — " I am very happy to see you, 
Monsieur le Compte," said he, " and cannot but 
esteem you a gentleman of the utmost punc- 
tuality." 

737. — The Late Boxnel Thornton, like 
most wits, was a lover of conviviality, which 
frequently led him to spend the whole night in 
company, and all the next morning in bed. On 
one of these occasions, an old female relation, 
having waited on him before he had arisen, 
began to read him a familiar lecture on pru- 
dence ; which she concluded by saying, " Ah ! 
Bonnel, Bonnel ! I see plainly that you'll shorten 
your days." — " Very true, Madam," replied he, 
" but by the same rule, you must admit that I 
shall lengthen my nights." 

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met on the road, as he was travelling into the 
country, a priest, who was riding post; and, or- 
dering him to stop, asked hastily, " Whence come 
you? Where are you going? What do you 
want? " The other, who perfectly well knew 
the king's disposition, instantly replied, " From 
Bruges. To Paris. A benefice." — " You shall 
have it," replied the king; and in a few days 
presented him to a valuable living. 

739. — On a Trial at the Admiralty sessions, 
for shooting a seaman, the counsel for the crown 
asking one of the witnesses which he was for, 
plaintiff or defendant — " Plaintiff or defend- 
ant ! " says the sailor, scratching his head, " why, 
I don't know what you mean by plaintiff or de- 
fendant. I come to speak for that man, there ! " 
pointing at the prisoner. " You are a pretty 
fellow for a witness," says the counsel, " not to 
know what plaintiff or defendant means." Some 
time after, being asked by the same counsel, what 
part of the ship he was in at the time — " Abaft 
the binnacle, my lord," says the sailor. " Abaft 
the binnacle ! " replied the barrister, " what part 
of the ship is that ? "— " Ha ! ha ! ha ! " chuckled 
the sailor ; " an't you a pretty fellow for a coun- 
sellor," pointing archly at him with his finger, 
" not to know what abaft the binnacle is." 

740. — Dr. Franklin, when last in England, 
used pleasantly to repeat an observation of his 
negro servant, when the Doctor was making the 
tour of Derbyshire, Lancashire, &c. " Every- 
ting, Massa, work in dis country; water work; 



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wind work ; fire work ; smoke work ; dog work 
(he had before noticed the last at Bath) ; man 
work; bullock work; horse work; ass work; 
every ting work here but de hog; he eat, he drink, 
he sleep, he do noting all day, he walk about like 
gentleman! " 

741. — A Gentleman went to see his son at 
Westminster school, under the great Dr. Busby. 
When they were in discourse, over a bottle of 
wine, the Doctor sent for the boy. " Come," 
says he, " young man, as your father is here, 
take a glass of wine;" and quoted' this Latin 
sentence : Paucum Vini acuit Ingenium ( a little 
wine sharpens the wit). The lad replied, Sed 
plus Vini, plus Ingenii! (the more wine, the more 
wit !) v Hold, young man," replied the Doctor, 
" though you argue on mathematical principles, 
you shall have but one glass ! " 

742. — The Renowned Peter the Great, 
being at Westminster Hall in term time, and see- 
ing multitudes of people swarming about the 
courts of law, is reported to have asked some 
about him what all those busy people were, and 
what they were about? and being answered, 
" They are lawyers." — " Lawyers ! " returned 
he, with great vivacity, " w T hy I have but four 
in my whole kingdom, and I design to hang two 
of them as soon as I get home." 

743. — " When I have a cold in my head," 
said a gentleman in company, " I am always re- 
markably dull and stupid." — " You are much to 
be pitied, then, Sir," replied another, " for I 



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don't remember ever to have seen you without 
a cold in your head." 

74-1. — A Welsh Parson in his discourse told 
his congregation " how kind and respectful we 
should be one to another," and said, " we were 
even inferior to brutes in that point." He 
brought in an example of two goats, which met 
one another upon a very narrow bridge, over a 
river, so that they could not pass by without one 
thrusting the other off. " How do you think 
did they do? I'll tell you: one laid him down 
and let the other leap over him. Ah! beloved, 
let us live like goats." 

745. — A Dog stole a piece of meat out of a 
Quaker's porridge pot ; upon which the Quaker 
calmly said that he would not lift up the arm 
of the flesh against him, but would give him a 
gentle reproof; and so turning the dog out, he 
shouted " a mad dog! " in consequence of which 
the poor animal was instantly stoned to death. 

746- — An Old Roman Soldier, being in- 
volved in a lawsuit, implored the protection of 
Augustus, who referred him to one of his cour- 
tiers, for an introduction to the judges. On 
which the brave veteran, piqued at the emperor's 
coolness, exclaimed, " I did not use your high- 
ness thus, when you were in danger at the battle 
of Actium, but fought for you myself." Dis- 
closing, at the same time, the wounds he had re- 
ceived on that memorable occasion. This retort 
so affected Augustus, that he is said to have per- 
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747. — Dr. A., physician at Newcastle, being 
summoned to a vestry, in order to reprimand the 
sexton for drunkenness, he dwelt so long on the 
sexton's misconduct, as to raise his choler so as to 
draw from him this expression : — " Sir, I was in 
hopes you would have treated my failings with 
more gentleness, or that you would have been 
the last man alive to appear against me, as I 
have covered so many blunders of yours! " 

748. — At Gibraltar there was a great scarc- 
ity of water, and a general complaint of the 
want of it. An Irish officer said " He was very 
easy about the matter, for he had nothing to do 
with water ; if he only got his tea in the morning, 
and punch at night, it was all that he wanted." 

749. — A Gentleman came into an inn in 
Chelmsford upon a very cold day, and could get 
no room near the fire ; whereupon he called to the 
ostler to fetch a peck of oysters, and give them 
to his horse. "Will your horse eat oysters?" 
replied the ostler. " Try him," said the gentle- 
man. Immediately, the people running to see 
this wonder, the fireside was cleared, and the gen- 
tleman had his choice of seats. The ostler 
brought back the oysters, and said the horse 
would not meddle with them. " Why then," 
says the gentleman, " I must be forced to eat 
them myself." 

750. — David Hume and Lady W. once 
passed the Frith from Kinghorn to Leith to- 
gether, when a violent storm rendered the pas- 
sengers apprehensive of a salt-water death; and 



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her ladyship's terrors induced her to seek con- 
solation from her friend, who with infinite sang 
froid assured her, he thought there was great 
probability of their becoming food for fishes. 
" And pray, my dear friend," said lady W., 
" which do you think they will eat first ? " — 
" Those that are gluttons," replied Hume, " will 
undoubtedly fall foul of me, but the epicures 
will attack your ladyship." 

751. — Some time since, at one of our seaports, 
a noble naval commander, who is a strict disci- 
plinarian, accosted a drunken sailor in the street, 
with " What ship do you belong to? " Jack, 
who was a dry fellow, notwithstanding he was 
drunk, and had a very eccentric countenance, an- 
swered with much sang froid, " Don't know." 
" Do you know who I am? "— " No."—" Why, 
I am commander-in-chief." — " Then, replied he 
archlv, " you have a d — d good berth of it, that's 
all I "know." 

752. — A Gentleman remarked the other day 
to an Irish baronet, that the science of optics 
was now brought to the highest perfection ; for 
that, by the aid of a telescope, which he had just 
purchased, he could discern objects at an in- 
credible distance. " My dear fellow," replied 
the good humoured baronet, " I have one at my 
lodge in the county of Wexford that will be a 
match for it; it brought the church of Ennis- 
corthy so near to my view, that I could hear the 
whole congregation singing Psalms." 

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as a Harlequin are universally known, was one 
evening returning home from the playhouse in a 
hackney coach, he ordered the coachman to drive 
him to the Sun, then a famous tavern in Clare 
Market. Just as the coach passed one of the 
windows of the tavern, Rich, who perceived it to 
be open, dexterously threw himself out of the 
coach window into the room. The coachman, 
who saw nothing of this transaction, drew up, 
descended from his box, opened the coach door, 
and let down the step ; then, taking off his hat, 
he waited for some time, expecting his fare to 
alight ; but at length looking into the coach, and 
seeing it empty, he bestowed a few hearty curses 
on the rascal who had bilked him, remounted his 
box, turned about, and was returning to the 
stand ; when Rich, who had watched his oppor- 
tunity, threw himself into the coach, looked out, 
asked the fellow where the devil he was driving, 
and desired him to turn about. The coachman, 
almost petrified with fear, instantly obeyed, and 
once more drew up to the door of the tavern. 
Rich now got out ; and, after reproaching the 
fellow with his stupidity, tendered him his 
money. " No, God bless your honour," said the 
coachman, " my master has ordered me to take 
no money to-night." — " Pshaw ! " said Rich ; 
your master's a fool ; here's a shilling for your- 
self." — " No, no," said the coachman, who had 
by that time remounted his box, " that won't 
do : I know } 7 ou too well, for all your shoes — and 
so, Mr. Devil, for once you're outwitted ! " 



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754. — The witty and licentious earl of 
Rochester meeting with he great Isaac Barrow 
in the park, told his companions that he would 
have some fun with the rusty old put. Accord- 
ingly, he went up with great gravity, and, tak- 
ing off his hat, made the Doctor a profound bow, 
saying, " Doctor, I am yours to my shoe tie." 
The doctor, seeing his drift, immediately pulled 
off his beaver, and returned the bow, with, " My 
lord, I am yours to the ground." Rochester fol- 
lowed up his salutation by a deeper bow, saying, 
" Doctor, I am yours to the centre." Barrow, 
with a very lowly obeisance, replied, " My lord, I 
am yours to the Antipodes." His lordship, 
nearly gravelled, exclaimed, " Doctor, I am 
yours to the lowest pit of hell." — " There, my 
lord," said Barrow, sarcastically, " I leave you" 
and walked off. 

755. — The late well-known Sandy Wood, 
surgeon, in Edinburgh, was walking through the 
streets of that city during the time of an illu- 
mination, when he observed a young rascal, not 
above twelve years of age, breaking every window 
he could reach, with as much industry as if he 
had been doing the most commendable action in 
the world. Enraged at this mischievous dispo- 
sition, Sandy seized him by the collar, and asked 
him what he meant by thus destroying the honest 
people's windows ? " Why, it's all for the good 
of trade," replied the young urchin, " I am a 
glazier" — "All for the good of trade, is it?" 
said Sandy, raising his cane, and breaking the 



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boy's head: "There, then, that's for the good 
of my trade — I am a surgeon.''' 

756. — Two Jesuits on their passage for 
America, were desired by the master to go down 
into the hold, as a storm was coming on ; that 
they need not apprehend any danger as long as 
they heard the seamen curse and swear ; but if 
once they were silent and quiet, he would advise 
them to betake themselves to prayers. Soon 
after the lay brother goes to the hatches, to hear 
what was going forward, when he quickly re- 
turned, saying all was over, for they swore like 
troopers, and their blasphemy alone was enough 
to sink the vessel. " The Lord be praised for 
it," replied the other, " marry then we are safe." 

757. — When the celebrated Beau Nash was 
ill, Dr. Cheyne wrote a prescription for him. 
The next day the Doctor coming to see his pa- 
tient, inquired if he had followed his prescrip- 
tion? "No, truly, Doctor," said Nash, "if I 
had, I should have broken my neck, for I threw 
it out of a two-pair of stairs window." 

758. — A Young Lady who was just come out 
of the country, and affected to dress in a very 
plain manner, was sitting on a bench at Bath, 
as Nash and some of his companions were pass- 
ing by ; upon which, turning to one of them, he 
said, " There is a smart country girl ; I will have 
some discourse with her." Then going up to the 
lady, " So child," savs he, " you are just come 
to Bath, I see? " — " Yes, Sir," answered the lady, 
" And you have been a good girl in the country, 



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and learned to read your book, I hope ? " — " Yes, 
Sir." — " Pray, now," says he, " let me examine 
you. I know you have read your Bible, and 
History of Tobit and his Dog; now, can you 
tell me what was the dog's name? " — " Yes, Sir," 
says she, " his name was Nash, and an impudent 
dog he was." 

759. — Judge Burnet, son of the famous 
Bishop of Salisbury, when young, is said to have 
been of a wild and dissipated turn. Being one 
day found by his father in a very serious humour, 
" What is the matter with you, Tom? " said the 
Bishop ; " what are you ruminating on ? " — " A 
greater work than your Lordship's History of 
the Reformation," answered the son. " Ay ! 
what is that ? " asked the father. " The refor- 
mation of myself, my lord," replied the son. 

760.— Lord Mansfield being willing to save 
a man who stole a watch, desired the jury to 
value it at tenpence; upon which the prosecutor 
cries out, " Tenpence, my lord, why the very 
fashion of it cost me five pounds." — " Oh," says 
his lordship, " we must not hang a man for fash- 
ion's sake." 

761- — A Gentleman having occasion to call 
for Mr. Joseph Graham, writer, found him at 
home in his writing chamber. He remarked the 
great heat of the apartment, and said, " It was 
hot as an oven." — " So it ouerht," replied Mr. 
G.. " for 'tis here I make my bread." 

762. — King James I. grave all manner of lib- 
erty and encouragement to the exercise of buf- 



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foonery, and took great delight in it himself. 
Happening once to bear somewhat hard on one 
of his Scotch courtiers, " By my soul," returns 
the peer, " he t that made your majesty a king, 
spoiled the best fool in Christendom." 

763. — A Rich Man sent to call a physician, 
for a slight disorder. The physician felt his 
pulse, and said, " Do you eat well? " — " Yes," 
said the patient. " Do you sleep well? " — " I 
do." — " Then," said the physician, " I shall give 
you something to take away all that ! " 

764.— An Irish Soldier, who came over with 
General Moore, being asked if he met with much 
hospitality in Holland? " O yes," replied he, 
" too much : I was in the hospital almost all the 
time I was there." 

765. — Benjamin Franklin, when a child, 
found the long graces used by his father before 
and after meals very tedious. One day after the 
winter's provision had been salted, " I think, 
father," said Benjamin, " if you were to say 
grace over the whole cask once for all, it would 
be a great saving of time." 

766. — A Certain bon vivant parson, hav- 
ing made too free with the bottle at a dinner in 
the neighbourhood, had the misfortune in return- 
ing home to fall from his horse ; some country 
fellows who saw the accident replaced him in his 
saddle, but with his face towards the horse's tail ; 
in this situation old Dobbin conveyed him safely 
to his own door. His wife, seeing the condition 
he was in, exclaimed, " Good God ! my dear, you 



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are wonderfully cut/' — " Cut, indeed," says he, 
feeling before him with both hands, " gad, I be- 
lieve they have cut my horse's head off." 

767. — Sir C. S. being at an inn on the 

road, a report came that a gentleman had been 
robbed, on which he swore, " That a single high- 
wayman should not rob him." The next .morn- 
ing, going on a journey, one met him, and re- 
peated the very words that Sir C- had made 

use of the night before ; " But there are two of 

you," replied Sir C . The man, surprised 

by the impromptu, suddenly turned his head 

round to look for his comrade, when Sir C 

instantly shot him dead. 

768. — A French Officer more remarkable 
for his birth and spirit than his riches, had served 
the Venetian republic with great valour and 
fidelity for some years, but had not met with pre- 
ferment adequate, by any means, to his merits. 
One day, he waited on an " Illustrissimo," whom 
he had often solicited in vain, but on whose 
friendship he had still some reliance. The re- 
ception he met with was cool and mortifying ; the 
noble turned his back on the necessitous veteran, 
and left him to find his way to the street, through 
a suit of apartments magnificently furnished. 
He past them lost in thought, till casting his 
eye on a sumptuous sideboard, where stood on a 
damask cloth, as a preparation for a showy en- 
tertainment, an invaluable collection of Venice 
glass, polished and formed to the highest degree 
of perfection, he took hold of a corner of the 



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linen, and turning to a faithful English mastiff, 
who always accompanied him, said to the animal, 
in a kind of absence of mind, " There ! my poor 
old friend! ycu see how these scoundrels enjoy 
themselves, and yet how we are treated ! " The 
poor dog looked up in his master's face, and 
wagged his tail, as if he understood him. The 
master walked on, but the mastiff slackened his 
pace, and laying hold of the damask cloth with 
his teeth, at one hearty pull brought all the side- 
board in shivers to the ground, and deprived the 
insolent noble of his favourite exhibition of 
splendour. 

769. — Charles II. once said over his bottle, 
in his usual lively way, that he supposed some 
stupid peasant would write a nonsensical epitaph 
on him when he was gone — " Now," says his ma- 
jesty, " I should like to have something appro- 
priate and witty — Rochester, let's have a touch 
of your pen on the subject." — His lordship in- 
stantly obeyed the command, and produced the 
following : — 

" Here lies our Sovereign Lord the King, 
Whose word no man relied on; 
Who never said a foolish thing, 
And never did a wise one." 

For this keen effusion Rochester remained some 
time in disgrace. 

770. — An English stock-jobber, well known 
upon 'Change as a man of unexampled parsi- 
mony, although possessed of an immense fortune, 
one day met a very poor man. one of his relations. 
" Come hither, George," said the miser, " do 



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you know I have just now made nvy will, and re- 
membered you handsomely, my boy." — " God 
bless you, brother," said the grateful man, " you 
will be rewarded for so charitable an action, for 
you could not have thought of a more distressed 
family." — " Are you indeed so very poor, 
George? " — " Sir, my family's starving," said 
the man, almost crying. " Harkye, then, 
George, if you will allow me a good discount, I 
will pay you immediately." We need not add, 
that the terms were accepted of, while they 
parted equally pleased with the bargain they 
had concluded. 

771. — The Marquis St. Andre applied to 
Louvois, the war-minister of Louis XIV., for a 
small place then vacant. Louvois having re- 
ceived some complaints against the marquis, re- 
fused to comply. The nobleman, somewhat 
nettled, rather hastily said, " If I were to enter 
again into the service, I know what I would do." 
— " And pray what would you do? " inquired 
the minister in a furious tone. St. Andre recol- 
lected himself, and had the presence of mind to 
say, " I would take care to behave in such a man- 
ner, that your excellency should have nothing 
to reproach me with." Louvois, agreeably sur- 
prised at this reply, immediately granted his re- 
quest. 

772. — Pope dining once with Frederic, 
Prince of Wales, paid the prince many compli- 
ments. " I wonder, Pope," said the prince, 
" that you, who are so severe on kings, should 



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be so complaisant to me." — " It is," said the 
wily bard, " because I like the lion before his 
claws are grown." 

773. — The Town of Chartres was besieged 
by Henry IV., and at last capitulated. The 
magistrate of the town, on giving up his keys, 
addressed his majesty: — " This town belongs to 
your highness by divine law, and by human 
law." — " And by cannon law, too," added 
Henry. 

774. — Burnet Relates, that the Habeas 
Corpus act was carried by an odd artifice in the 
House of Lords. Lords Grey and Norris being 
named to be the tellers, and Lord Norris being 
subject to vapours, was not at all times attentive ; 
so a very fat lord coming in, Lord Grey counted 
him for ten, as a jest at first; but seeing Lord 
Norris had not observed it, he went on with this 
misreckoning of ten, and it was reported to the 
House, and declared, that they who were for the 
bill, were the majority, though it indeed went on 
the other side ; and by this means the bill passed. 
Would to heaven that all tricks had the same 
happy results ! 

775. — Whiston says, he was informed by 
Mr. Arthur Onslow, that it depended upon a 
single vote in the House of Commons, whether 
King James should be permitted to employ Pop- 
ish officers in his army. The circumstance was 
this: a courtier, who was to watch every member 
that had any employment under the king, ob- 
served one who had a regiment, and was going 



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to vote against the court; upon the discovery, 
he accosted him warmly, and put him in mind 
of his regiment; to which the officer made an- 
swer, " My brother died last night, and left me 
seven hundred a year ; " which single vote 
gained a majority, and, says Whiston, saved the 
Protestant religion at this time. 

776.—" Me. Pitt," said the Duchess of Gor- 
don, " I wish you to dine with me at ten this 
evening." — " I must decline the honour," said 
the premier, " for I am engaged to sup with the 
Bishop of Lincoln at nine." 

777. — Henry IV., having bestowed the cor- 
don bleu on a nobleman, at the solicitation of the 
Duke de Nevers, when the collar was put on, the 
nobleman made the customary speech, " Sire, I 
am not worthy." — " I know it well," said the 
king, " but I give you the order to please my 
cousin dc Nevers." 

778. — A Facetious Abbe having engaged a 
box at the opera-house at Paris, was turned out 
of his possession by a marshal of France, as re- 
markable for his ungentlemanlike behaviour as 
for his cowardice and meanness. The abbe, for 
his unjustifiable breach of good manners, 
brought his action in a court of honour, and sol- 
icited permission to be his own advocate, which 
was granted, when he pleaded to the following 
effect : — " It is not of Monsieur Suffrein, who 
acted so nobly in the East Indies, that I com- 
plain ; it is not of the Duke de Crebillon, who 
took Minorca, that I complain ; it is not of the 



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Count de Grasse, who so bravely fought Lord 
Rodney, that I complain ; but it is of Mar- 
shal , who took my box at the opera-house, 

and never took anything else." This most poig- 
nant stroke of satire so sensibly convinced the 
court that he had already inflicted punishment 
sufficient, that they refused to grant him a ver- 
dict — a fine compliment to the abbe's wit. 

779. — Sir Watkin Williams Wynne talk- 
ing to a friend about the antiquity of his family, 
which he carried up to Noah, was told that he 
was a mere mushroom of yesterday. " How so, 
pray? " said the baronet.—" Why," continued 
the other, " when I was in Wales, a pedigree of 
a particular family was shewn to me : it filled up 
above five large skins of parchment, and near 
the middle of it was a note in the margin: — 
About this time the world was created." 

780. — When Queen Elizabeth proposed to 
Dr. Dale the employment of being her ambas- 
sador in Flanders, among other encouragements, 
she told him that he should have twenty shillings 
a day for his expenses. " Then, madam," said 
lie, " I will spend nineteen shillings a day." — 
" And what will } r ou do with the odd shilling? " 
asked the queen. — " I will reserve that for mv 
Kate, and for Tom and Dick ; " meaning his 
wife and children. This induced the queen to 
enlarge his allowance. — During the doctor's stay 
abroad, he once sent, in a packet to the secre- 
taries of state, two letters, one to the queen and 
the other to his wife ; but that which was in- 



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tended for the queen was superscribed, " To his 
dear wife; " and the other, " For her most ex- 
cellent majesty : " so that when the queen opened 
her letter, she found it beginning with " Sweet- 
heart," and afterwards met with the expressions 
" my dear," and " dear love," and others of the 
like kind, acquainting her with the embarrassed 
state of his circumstances. This mistake oc- 
casioned much mirth, but it procured the doctor 
a supply of money. 

The doctor being engaged with some other am- 
bassadors in a negotiation, a dispute arose con- 
cerning the language in which they should treat : 
the Spanish minister said that the French would 
be the most proper, " Because," said he to Dr. 
Dale, " your mistress calls herself Queen of 
France."—" Nay, then," said the doctor, " let 
us treat in Hebrew, for your master calls himself 
King of Jerusalem." 

781.— When Philip III., King of Spain, 
sent his ambassador to treat with the States of 
Holland about their independence, he was shown 
into an ante-chamber, where he waited to see the 
members of the States pass by. He stood for 
some time, and seeing none but a parcel of plain- 
dressed men, with bundles in their hands (which, 
as many of them came from distant provinces, 
contained their linen and provisions), he turned 
to his interpreter, and asked him, " When the 
States would come? " The man replied, " That 
those were the members whom he saw ^o by." 
Upon which he wrote to the commander-in-chief 



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of the Spanish army, to advise the king, his mas- 
ter, to make peace as soon as possible. In his 
letter was this remarkable passage : — " I ex- 
pected to have seen in the States a splendid ap- 
pearance ; but instead of that, I saw only a par- 
cel of plain-dressed men, with sensible faces, who 
came into council with provisions in their hands. 
Their parsimony will ruin the king, my master, 
in the course of the war, if it is continued ; for 
there is no contending with people whose nobles 
can live upon a shilling a-day, and will do every 
tiling for the service of their country." The 
king, struck with the account, agreed to treat 
with them, as an independent state, and put an 
end to the war. 

782. — Sir Fuek Grevilee, was a member of 
the House of Commons when that body insisted 
much upon the value of precedents. " Why," 
said he, " do you stand so much upon prece- 
dents? The times hereafter will be good or bad. 
If good, precedents will do no harm; if 
bad, power will make a way where it finds 
none." 

783. — The Good Humoured Baron 
Thompson was once in a convivial party, at 
which several gentlemen ranking high in the 
legal profession were present. Much wine had 
been drank, and the company had been highly 

entertained by the facetious Henry W , 

whose elegant and refined wit charmed all his 
hearers. He had given imitations of some of the 
barristers and most of the judges, and the 



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baron's mirth and applause were particularly 

loud. " There is one other person, Mr. W ,' 

said the judge, " whose manner I should like to 
see imitated." — "Who is that, my lord?"- — 
"Myself, Sir,"— "Oh, my lord, that is quite 
out of the question, present company are alwa}^s 
excepted." — " Why, Sir, if you will try your 
powers on myself I shall be obliged to you." 
After considerable persuasion, W drew him- 
self up in his chair, and blowing out his cheeks, 
presented to his auditors a complete duplicate 
of the Baron. A burst of applause immediately 
followed, in which the good natured judge 
heartily joined. The imitator apparently un- 
moved, proceeded in a charge to the grand jury, 
closely imitating the voice and manner of the 
judge. " Law is law, and men are made to live 
according to law, without any respect for the 
gospel ; for that is another thing, to be con- 
sidered at another time, in another place, and by 
another set of men, vide Coke upon Littleton, 
chap. ii. p. 312. Now, there are some men that 
are good men, and some men that are bad men, 
and the bad men are not the good men, and the 
good men are not the bad men ; but the bad men 
and the good men, and the good men and the bad 
men, are two different sorts of men ; and this we 
may glean from Magna Charter, an o 1 I man, 
who lived in the reign of King John the Wise. 
Therefore, the law is made for the bad men, 
and the good men have nothing to do therewith, 
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— therefore, bring up the prisoners, and hang 
them, for I must go out of town to-morrow." 

784. — Philip, the father of Alexander, 
knowing his son to be very swift, pressed him to 
run for the prize at the Olympic games. " I 
would comply with your wishes," replied Alex- 
ander, " if kings were to be my competitors." 

785. — Lord Armadale, one of the Scotch 
judges, had a son, who, at the age of eleven or 
twelve, rose to the rank of a major. One morn- 
ing his lady-mother hearing a noise in the nurs- 
ery, rang to know the cause of it. " It is only," 
said the servant, " the major greeting (crying) 
for his porridge ! " 

786. — Henry VIII. , after the death of Jane 
Seymour, had some difficulty to get another wife. 
His first offer was to the Duchess Dowager of 
Milan ; but her answer is said to have been, — 
that she had but one head ; if she had two, one 
should have been at his service. 

787. — Sir Wm. Gooch being engaged in 
conversation with a gentleman in a street of the 
city of Williamsburgh, returned the salute of a 
negro, who was passing by about his master's 
business. " Sir William," said the gentleman, 
" do you descend so far as to salute a slave ? " 
— " Why, yes," replied the governor ; " I can- 
not suffer a man of his condition to exceed me in 
good manners." 

788. — John Basilowitz, the czar of Russia, 
perceiving Sir Jeremy Bowes, the ambassador of 



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Queen Elizabeth, with his hat on in his presence, 
thus rebuked him : " Have you not heard, Sir, of 
the person I have punished for such an insult? " 
He had, in fact, punished him very savagely, by 
causing his hat to be struck through with a nail, 
and thus fastened to his head. Sir Jeremy an- 
swered, " Yes, Sire, but I am the Queen of Eng- 
land's ambassador, who never yet stood bare- 
headed to any prince whatever: her I represent, 
and on her justice I depend to do me right, if I 
am insulted." — " A brave fellow this," said the 
czar, turning to his nobles ; " a brave fellow 
truly, who dares thus to act and talk for his 
sovereign's honour ! Which of you would do so 
for me? " 

789. — Lord Hunsdon, a distinguished noble- 
man in the court of Elizabeth, once said, " To 
have the courage to notice an affront is to be 
upon a level with an adversary : to have the char- 
ity to forgive it, is to be above him." 

790. — It was some years ago said in the Par- 
liament-house at Edinburgh, that a gentleman, 
who was notorious for a pretty good appetite, 
had eaten away his senses. " Pooh ! " replied 
Harry Erskine, " they would not be a mouthful 
to a man of his bowels." 

791. — Mr. Carbonel, the wine-merchant, 
who served George the Third, was a great fav- 
ourite with the good old king, and was admitted 
to the honours of the roval hunt. Returning 
from the chase one day, his majesty entered, in 



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his usual affable manner, into conversation with 
him, riding side by side with him, for some dis- 
tance. Lord Walshingham was in attendance, 
and watching an opportunity, whispered to Mr. 
Carbonel, that he had not once taken his hat off 
before his majesty. " What's that, what's that, 
Walsingham? " inquired the good-humoured 
monarch. Mr. Carbonel at once said, " I find I 
have been guilty of unintentional disrespect to 
your majesty, in not taking off my hat; but 
your majesty will please to observe, that when- 
ever I hunt my hat is fastened to my wig, and 
my wig to my head, and I am on the back of a 
high-spirited horse; so that if any thing goes 
off, we must all. go off together! " The king 
laughed heartily at this whimsical apolog} 7 . 

792. — When Fenelon was almoner to the 
king, and attending Louis XIV. at a sermon 
preached by a Capuchin, he fell asleep. The 
Capuchin perceived it, and breaking off his dis- 
course, said, " Awake, thou sleeping Abbe, who 
comest here only to pay thy court to the king ; " 
an anecdote which he often related with pleasure 
after he was Bishop of Cambray. At another 
time the king was astonished to find, instead of 
a numerous congregation in his chapel, only 
Fenelon and the priest. " What is the reason of 
all this?" said the king. "I caused it to be 
given out, Sire," replied Fenelon, " that your 
majesty did not attend chapel to-day, that you 
might know who came to worship God, and who 
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793. — Henry the Eighth hunting; in 
Windsor Forest, struck down about dinner to the 
abbey of Reading, where, disguising himself as 
one of the royal guards, he was invited to the 
abbot's table. A sirloin was set before him, of 
which he ate as lustily as any beef-eater. " Well 
fare thy heart," quoth the abbot, " and here in 
a cup of sack I remember the health of his grace 
your master. I would give a hundred pounds 
that I could feed on beef as hearty as you do. 
Alas ! my poor queasy stomach will scarcely di- 
gest the wing of a chicken." The king heartily 
pledged him, thanked him for his good cheer, 
and departed undiscovered. Shortly afterwards 
the abbot was sent to the Tower, kept a close 
prisoner, and fed on bread and water, ignorant 
of the cause, and terrified at his situation. At 
last, a sirloin of beef was set before him, on 
which his long hunger made him feed voraci- 
ously. " My lord abbot," exclaimed the king, 
entering from a private closet, " instantly de- 
posit your hundred pounds, or no going hence. 
I have been your physician; and here, as I de- 
serve it, I demand my fee." The abbot would 
willingly have paid the sum, but Henry, laugh- 
ing loudly, put him aside on that point, and left 
him to enjoy his improved powers of digestion 
in peace and quietness. 

794. — A Certain noble lord being in his 
early years much addicted to dissipation, his 
mother advised him to take example by a gen- 
tleman, whose food was herbs, and his drink 



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water. " What ! madam," said he, " would you 
have me to imitate a man who eats like a beast 
and drinks like a fish? " 

795. — A Young Lady of Brunswick, an at- 
tendant on the late duchess, mortified that, from 
her neglected education, she was precluded from 
joining in the literary conversations which were 
frequently introduced at that court, requested 
her royal mistress to furnish her with such books 
as might enable her to remedy this defect. Her 
royal highness, smiling, handed her a Diction- 
ary ; and next day asked her how she liked it. 
"Oh! it is delightful!" said the fair student: 
" there are some books which I have seen, where 
the words are so huddled together, that one 
does not know what to make of them ; but here it 
is quite a pleasure to see them all drawn up in 
order, like so many soldiers on a parade." 

796. — Charles the Second asked Bishop 
Stillingfleet how it happened that he preached in 
general without book, but always read the ser- 
mons which he delivered before the court. The 
bishop answered, that the awe of seeing before 
him so great and wise a prince made him afraid 
to trust himself. " But will your majesty," con- 
tinued he, " permit me to ask you a question in 
my turn — Why do you read your speeches to 
parliament?" — "Why, doctor," replied the 
king, " I'll tell you very candidly. I have 
asked them so often for money, that I am 
ashamed to look them in the face ! " 

797. — The republic of Genoa having irri- 



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tated Louis XIV, were forced to send to France 
an embassy to appease him, in the unexampled 
selection of the doge himself, and four senators. 
The doge was conducted, among other places, 
to Versailles, then in all its glory — which he 
could not but greatly admire: but when he was 
asked what struck him most in this extraordinary 
spot, he answered, " To see myself there." 

798. — When all the court were sliding upon 
the Seine, which was frozen over, Henri Quatre 
wished also to join them. One of his courtiers 
wished to prevent him. " The others are skat- 
ing," said the king. " Ah, Sire," replied the 
courtier, " but you are of greater weight than 
the others." 

799. — Sir Joseph Williamson, secretary of 
state to Charles the Second, wrote to the Lady 
Anne, widow of the Earl of Dorset and Pem- 
broke, to ask her for the nomination of a member 
for the borough of Appleby. The countess, 
with all the spirit of her ancestors, returned the 
following laconic reply : — " I have been bullied 
by an usurper, I have been neglected by a court, 
but I will not be dictated to by a sub j ect ; your 
man sha'n't stand. Anne Dorset." 

800. — At the commencement of the American 
war, Mr. Grenville, then in power, wishing to 
know how the Quaker-colonists stood affected, 
sent a message to Dr. Fothergill, intimating that 
he was indisposed, and desiring to see him in the 
evening. The doctor came, and his patient im- 
mediately entering on the popular topic of 



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American affairs, drew from him the information 
he wanted. The conversation held through a 
large portion of the evening, and it was con- 
cluded by Mr. Grenville saying, he found him- 
self so much better for the doctor's visit, that he 
would not trouble him to prescribe. In parting, 
Mr. Grenville slipped five guineas into the doc- 
tor's hand, which Fothergill surveying, said with 
a dry, arch tone, " At this rate, friend, I will 
spare thee an hour now and then ! " 

801. — Sir Isaac Newton, one evening in 
winter, feeling it extremely cold, instinctively 
drew his chair very close to the grate, in which 
a fire had been recently lighted. By degrees, 
the fire being completely kindled, Sir Isaac felt 
the heat intolerably intense, and rung his bell 
with unusual violence. John was not at hand; 
he at last made his appearance by the time Sir 
Isaac was almost literally roasted. " Remove 
the grate, you lazy rascal ! " exclaimed Sir Isaac, 
in a tone of irritation very uncommon with that 
amiable and placid philosopher ; " remove the 
grate, ere I am burned to death ! "- — " Please, 
your honour, might you not rather draw back 
your chair? " said John, a little waggishly. 
" Upon my word," said Sir Isaac, smiling, " I 
never thought of that." 

302. — A Corporal of the life guards of 
Frederick the Great, who had a great deal of 
vanity, but at the same time was a brave fellow, 
wore a watch chain, to which he affixed a musket 
bullet, instead of a watch, which he was unable 



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to buy. The king being inclined one day to 
rally him, said, " Apropos, corporal, you must 
have been very frugal to buy a watch; it is six 
o'clock by mine: tell me what it is by yours." 
The soldier, who guessed the king's intention, 
instantly drew the bullet from his fob, and said, 
" Sire, my watch neither marks five nor six 
o'clock ; but it tells me every moment that it is 
my duty to die for your majesty." — " Here, my 
friend," said the king, quite affected, " take this 
watch, that you may be able to tell the hour also." 
And gave him his watch, which was adorned with 
brilliants. 

806. — The late Duchess of York having de- 
sired her housekeeper to seek out a new laundress, 
a decent-looking woman was recommended to the 
situation. " But," said the housekeeper, " I am 
afraid she will not suit your royal highness, as 
she is a soldier's wife, and these people are gen- 
erally loose characters ! " — " What is it you 
say? " said the duke, who had just entered the 
room, " a soldier's wife ! Pray, madam, what is 
your mistress? I desire that the woman may be 
immediately engaged." 

804. — The Celebrated Hogarth was one 
of the most absent of men. Soon after he set 
up his carriage, he had occasion to pay a visit 
to the lord-mayor. When he went the weather 
was fine; but he was detained by business till a 
violent shower of rain came on. Being let out 
of the mansion-house by a different door from 
that at which he had entered, he immediately be- 



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gan to call for a hackney-coach. Not one could 
be procured; on which Hogarth sallied forth to 
brave the storm, and actually reached his house 
in Leicesterfields without bestowing a thought on 
his own carriage, till Mrs. Hogarth, astonished 
to see him so wet and hurried, asked him where 
he had left it. 

805. — At a City Feast one of the company 
was expatiating on the blessings of Providence. 
" Aye," said the late Sir William Curtis, smack- 
ing his lips, " it is a blessed place, sure enough ; 
we get all our turtle from it." 

806. — As the late beautiful Duchess of Devon- 
shire was one day stepping out of her carriage, 
a dustman, who was accidently standing by, and 
was about to regale himself with his accustomed 
whiff of tobacco, caught a glance cf her counte- 
nance, and instantly exclaimed, " Love and bless 
you, my lady, let me light my pipe in your 
eyes ! " It is said the duchess was delighted with 
this compliment, that she frequently afterwards 
checked the strain of adulation, which was so 
constantly offered to her charms, by saying, 
" Oh ! after the dustman's compliment, all others 
are insipid." 

807. — When Bajazet, after his defeat, was 
carried into the presence of Timur Lench, that 
is, Timur the Lame, vulgarly Timurlane ; on 
perceiving that Bajazet had but one eye, Timur 
burst into loud laughter. The Turk, who could 
ill brook any incivility, said fiercely, " You may 
deride my misfortunes, Timur, but remember 



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they might have happened to yourself. The 
disposal of kingdoms is in the hands of God, and 
their states depend on his will." Timur replied 
with equal haughtiness, " I agree with your ob- 
servation: I did not laugh at your misfortune, 
but at a reflection that just occurred to my mind 
how little value thrones and sceptres possess in 
the judgment of God; who has taken a kingdom 
from a man with one eye, to give it to another 
with one leg." 

808. — Admiral Keppel being sent to Algiers 
for the purpose of demanding satisfaction for 
the injuries done to his Britannic majesty's sub- 
jects by the corsairs of that state, the dey, en- 
raged at the boldness of the ambassador, ex- 
claimed, " that he wondered at the insolence of 
the English monarch, in sending him a message 
by a foolish beardless boy." The admiral im- 
mediately replied, that " if his master had sup- 
posed his wisdom was to be measured by the 
length of his beard, he would have sent his dey- 
ship a he-goat." Unused to such spirited lan- 
guage, this reply put the dey beside himself, 
and forgetting the laws of nations, ordered his 
mutes to attend with the bow-string, saying, that 
the admiral should pa}^ for his audacity with his 
life. Unmoved by this menace, the ambassador 
took the dey to a window facing the bay, and 
showing him the English fleet, told him that if 
it were his pleasure to put him to death, there 
were Englishmen enough in that fleet to make 
him a glorious funeral pile. The dey wps wise 



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enough to take the hint ; the admiral came off in 
safety, and ample restitution was made. 

809. — When Spenser had finished his famous 
poem of the Fairy Queen, he carried it to the 
Earl of Southampton, the great patron of the 
poets of that day. The manuscript being sent 
up to the earl, he read a few pages, and then 
ordered his servant to give the writer twenty 
pounds. Reading on, he cried in a rapture, 
" Carry that man another twenty pounds." 
Proceeding farther, he exclaimed, " Give him 
twenty pounds more." But at length he lost all 
patience, and said, " Go, turn that fellow out of 
the house, for if I read farther, I shall be 
ruined." 

810. — A Young Woman had laid a wager she 
would descend into a vault, in the middle of the 
night, and bring from thence a skull. The per- 
son who took the wager had previously hid him- 
self in the vault, and as the girl seized a skull, 
cried, in a hollow voice, " Leave me my head ! " 
— " There it is," said the girl, throwing it down 
and catching up another. " Leave me my head ! " 
said the same voice. " Nay, nay," said the 
heroic lass, " you cannot have had two heads ;" 
so brought the skull and won the wager. 

811. — In some parish churches it is the cus- 
tom to separate the men from the women. A 
clergyman, being interrupted by loud talking, 
stopped short; when a woman, eager for the 
honour of her sex, arose and said, " Your rever- 
ence, the noise is not among us," — " So much the 



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better," answered the priest, " it will be the 
sconer over." 

812. — Alexander the Great, passing 
through Corinth, had the curiosity to go to see 
the philosopher Diogenes, who was there at that 
time. He found him seated in a covered tub, 
with the open part turned towards the sun. " I 
am the great King Alexander," said he to the 
philosopher. " And I am the dog Diogenes," 
replied the philosopher. " I am a good man," 
said Alexander. " Well, who has any reason to 
fear the good? " replied Diogenes. Alexander 
admired the subtlety of his mind, and the free 
manner in which he spoke. After having some 
conversation with him, he said to him, " I see, 
Diogenes, you are in want of many things. I 
shall be A^ery glad to give you my assistance. 
Ask of me whatever you please." — " Get then 
from between me and the sun (said he), and do 
not take from me that which you cannot give 
me." Alexander was astonished, having never 
before met with any man who was above all hu- 
man concerns. " Who is the richer man (con- 
tinued Diogenes), he who is contented with his 
cloak and his wallet, or he who having an ex- 
tensive kingdom, is not satisfied, and who every 
day exposes himself to a thousand dangers to 
extend its limits?" Alexander's courtiers were 
very angry, that so great a king should so long 
honour with Ins conversation such a surly wretch 
as Diogenes, who did no\ even rise from his seat 
while he spoke to, him. The king perceived 



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their anger, and turning about said to them, " If 
I were not Alexander I would wish to be Dio- 
genes." 

813. — Lord Mansfield, on making a report 
to King George III. of the conviction of Mr. 
Malowny, a Catholic priest, who was found 
guilty, in Surrey, of celebrating mass, was in- 
duced, by a sense of reason and humanity, to 
represent to his majesty the excessive severity of 
tlie penalty which the law imposed for the of- 
fence. The king, in a tone of the most heart- 
felt benignity, immediately answered, " God for- 
bid, my lord, that religious difference in opinion 
should sanction prosecution, or admit of one man 
within my realms to suffer unjustly! therefore, 
issue a pardon for Mr. Malowny, and see that he 
is set at liberty." 

814. — When Oliver Cromwell, accompa- 
nied by his secretary Thurlow, once went to dine 
with the Lord Mayor, the populace rent the air 
with their gratulations, and the streets echoed 
with " Long live my Lord Protector ! " — " Your 
Llighness," said the secretary, " may see by this 
that you have the voice of the people, as well 
as the voice of God." — " As to God," replied 
Cromwell, " we will not talk about him here ; 
but for the people they would be just as noisy, 
and perhaps more rejoiced, if you and I were 
going to be hanged." 

815. — When Moliere, the comic poet, 
died, the Archbishop of Paris would not let his 
body be buried in consecrated ground. The 



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king, being informed of this, sent for the arch- 
bishop, and expostulated with him about it ; but, 
finding the prelate inflexibly obstinate, his ma- 
jesty asked how many feet deep the consecrated 
ground reached? This question coming by sur- 
prise, the archbishop replied about eight. 
" Well," answered the king, " I find there's no 
getting the better of your scruples, therefore, let 
his grave be dug twelve feet deep, that's four 
below your consecrated ground, and let him be 
buried there." 

816. — Dr. Johnson, in his tour through 
North Wales, passed two days at the seat of 
Colonel Middleton of Gwynagag. While he re- 
mained there, the gardener caught a hare amidst 
some potato plants, and brought it to his master, 
then engaged in conversation with the doctor. 
An order was given to carry it to the cook. As 
soon as Johnson heard this sentence, he begged 
to have the animal placed in his arms ; which 
was no sooner done, than, approaching the win- 
dow, then half open, he restored the hare to her 
liberty, shouting after her to accelerate her 
speed. "What have you done?" cried the 
colonel ; " why, doctor, you have robbed my table 
of a delicacy, perhaps deprived us of a dinner." 
— " So much the better, Sir," replied the humane 
champion of a condemned hare; " for if your 
table is to be supplied at the expense of the laws 
of hospitality, I envy not the appetite of him 
who eats it. This, Sir, is not a hare ferae naturae, 
but one which had placed herself under your 



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protection ; and savage indeed must be that man 
who does not make his hearth an asylum for the 
confiding stranger." 

817. — When Cortez returned to Spain, he 
was coolly received by the emperor, Charles the 
Fifth. One day he suddenly presented himself 
to that monarch. "Who are you?" said the 
emperor, haughtily. " The man," said Cortez, 
as haughtily, " who has given you more prov- 
inces than your ancestors left you cities." 

818. — James I. being one day at play, with 
a fellow-pupil, his tutor, Buchanan, who was 
reading, desired them to make less noise. Find- 
ing that they disregarded his admonition, he 
told his majesty, if he did not hold his tongue, 
he would certainly whip him. The king, allud- 
ing to the fable, replied, he would be glad to see 
who would bell the cat. Buchanan, in a passion, 
threw the book from him, and inflicted on his 
majesty a sound flogging. The old Countess of 
Mar rushed into the room, and taking the king 
in her arms, asked how he dared to lay his hands 
on the Lord's anointed. " Madam," replied the 
elegant and immortal historian, " I have whipped 
his bottom: you may kiss it, if you please." 
When Buchanan was asked how he came to make 
a pedant of his royal pupil, he answered — He 
thought he did a great deal to make anything 
of him. 

819. — Among the addresses presented upon 
the accession of James the First, was one from 
the ancient town of Shrewsbury, wishing his ma- 



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jesty might reign as long as the sun, moon, and 
stars endured. " Faith, mon," said the king to 
the person who presented it, " if I do, my son 
must reign by candle-light." — When the same 
monarch went to Salisbury, one of the active ad- 
venturers of those days climbed up the outside 
of the spire of the cathedral, and at the top 
made three summersets in honour of his Majesty ; 
who, being applied to for a reward, gave him 
a patent, whereby every other of his subjects, 
except the aforesaid man, and his heirs male, was 
prohibited from climbing steeples forever. 

820. — This Monarch, soon after his acces- 
sion to the English throne, was present in a court 
of justice, to observe the pleadings in a cause 
of some consequence. The counsel for the plain- 
tiff having finished, the king was so perfectly 
satisfied, that he exclaimed, " 'Tis a plain case ! " 
and was about to leave the court. Being per- 
suaded, however, to stay and hear the other side 
of the question, the pleaders for the defendant 
made the case no less plain on their side. On this 
the monarch arose and departed in a great pas- 
sion, exclaiming, " They are all rogues alike." 

821. — Frederick, conqueror as he was, sus- 
tained a severe defeat at Coslin in the war of 
1755. — Some time after, at a review, he jocosely 
asked a soldier, who had got a deep cut in his 
cheek, " Friend, at what alehouse did you get 
that scratch? " — " I got it," said the soldier, 
" at Coslin, where your majesty paid the reckon- 
ing." 






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. 822. — Several years since, the bargemen of 
His Majesty's ship Berwick, then at Spithead, 
quarrelled with the bargemen of the ship which 
Admiral Milbank then commanded as captain, 
and the latter were heartily drubbed, to the no 
small mortification of the admiral, who was in his 
younger days exceedingly athletic, and somewhat 
addicted to boxing. A few days after, the ad- 
miral called the boat's crew together, upbraided 
them for a set of cowards, dressed himself in a 
common jacket and trousers, and observing the 
Berwick's barge rowing ashore to Portsmouth 
beach, ordered his own to be immediately 
manned: and thus disguised, took an oar as one 
of the crew. The coxswain, as particularly di- 
rected, run the head of his barge against the 
Berwick's barge quarter ; in consequence of which 
a broadside of oaths were given and returned, 
which produced a challenge to fight with more 
substantial weapons. The admiral, as cham- 
pion of his crew, beat the whole of the other 
barge's crew, one after the other (eleven in num- 
ber), to the great joy and admiration of his 
sailors, and then making himself know r n, went 
and visited his friends in Portsmouth, as if noth- 
ing had. happened. 

823. — When the baggage of Lady Hamilton 
was landed at Palermo, Lord Nelson's coxswain 
was very active in conveying it to the ambassa- 
dor's hotel. Lady Hamilton observed this, and 
presenting the man with a moidore. said, " Now, 
my friend, what will you have to drink? " — 



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" Why, please your honour," said the coxswain, 
" I'm not thirsty."—" But," said her Ladyship, 
" Nelson's steersman must drink with me, so 
what will you take, a dram, a glass of grog, or a 
glass of punch?"— "Why," said Jack, "as I 
am to drink with your Ladyship's honour, it 
wouldn't be good manners to be backward, so I'll 
take the dram now, and will be drinking the glass 
of grog while your Ladyship is mixing the tum- 
bler of punch for me." 

824. — A Scotch pedestrian attacked by three 
highwaymen defended himself with great cour- 
age and obstinacy, but was at last overpowered, 
and his pockets rifled. The robbers expected, 
from the extraordinary resistance they had ex- 
perienced, to lay their hands on some rich booty ; 
but were not a little surprised to discover, that 
the whole treasure which the sturdy Caledonian 
had been defending at the hazard of his life, con- 
sisted of no more than a crooked sixpence : " The 
deuce is in him," said one of the rogues ; " if he 
had had eighteen pence, I suppose he would have 
killed the whole of us." 



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COMPLETE JRST BOOK 



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Bon Mots, Brilliant Jests, and vStriking 
Anecdotes in the English Language 



With an Introduction by Andrew G. Dickinson, Ji 



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825. — In the Engagement between the 
English fleet, under the Duke of Albemarle, and 
the Dutch fleet, commanded by De Ruyter and 
Van Tromp, the Henry, commanded by Sir John 
Harman, was surrounded and assailed from all 
quarters by the Zealand squadron ; so that ad- 
miral Evertzen, who commanded it, hailed and 
offered him quarter. " No, Sir," said the gal- 
lant officer, " it is not come to that yet." The 
next broadside killed the Dutch admiral, by 
which means the squadron was thrown into con- 
fusion, and obliged to quit the Henry ; but the 
Dutch sent three fire-ships to burn her. One of 
them grappled her starboard quarter, but the 
smoke was too thick to discern where the grap- 
pling irons had hooked, until the blaze had sub- 
sided, when the boatswain resolutely jumped on 
board, disentangled the irons, and instantly re- 
gained his own ship. Scarcely was this effected, 
before another fire-ship boarded her on the lar- 
board side ; the sails and rigging of the Henry 
taking fire, destruction seemed inevitable, and 
several of the crew threw themselves into the sea ; 
upon which Sir John Harman drew his sword, 
and threatened to kill anyone who should quit 



4 JOE MILLER 

the ship. At length, the exertions of the re- 
maining crew extinguished the flames. Sir John 
Harman, although his leg was broken, continued 
on deck, giving directions, and sunk another 
fire-ship, which was bearing down upon him. In 
this crippled state he got into Harwich, and re- 
paired the damages his ship had sustained. 

826. — The Hero of this little narrative was 
a Hottentot, of the name of Von Wyhk, and we 
give the story of his perilous and fearful shot 
in his own words : " It is now," said he, " more 
than two years since in the very place where we 
stand, I ventured to take one of the most daring 
shots that ever was hazarded: my wife was sit- 
ting in the house near the door, the children 
were playing about her. I was without, near the 
house, busied in doing something to a waggon, 
when suddenly, though it was mid-day, an enor- 
mous lion appeared, came up, and laid himself 
quietly down in the shade upon the very thresh- 
old of the door. My wife, either frozen with 
fear or aware of the danger attending any at- 
tempt to fly, remained motionless in her place, 
while the children took refuge in her lap. The 
cry they uttered attracted my attention, and I 
hastened towards the door ; but my astonishment 
may be well conceived, when I found the entrance 
barred in such a manner. Although the animal 
had not seen me, escape, unarmed as I was, ap- 
peared impossible. Yet I glided gently, 
scarcely knowing what I meant to do, to the side 
of the house, up to the window of my chamber, 



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where I knew my loaded gun was standing. By 
a happy chance, I had set it in a corner close by 
the window, so that I could reach it with my 
hand : for as you may perceive, the opening is 
too small to admit of my having got in ; and 
still more fortunately, the door of the room was 
open, so that I could see the whole danger of 
the scene. The lion was beginning to move, per- 
haps with the intention of making a spring; 
there was no longer any time to think ; I called 
softly to the mother not to be afraid, and, invok- 
ing the name of the Lord, fired my piece. The 
ball passed directly over my boy's head, and 
lodged in the forehead of the lion immediately 
above his eyes, which shot forth as it were sparks 
of fire, and stretched him on the ground, so that 
he never stirred more." 

827. — Baron D'Adrets occasionally made 
his prisoners throw themselves headlong, from 
the battlements of a high tower, upon the pikes 
of his soldiers. One of these unfortunate per- 
sons having approached the battlements twice, 
without venturing to leap, the baron reproached 
him with his want of courage, in a very insulting 
manner. " Why, Sir," said the prisoner, " bold 
as you are, I would give you five times before 
you took the leap." This pleasantry saved the 
poor fellow's life. 

828. — George II. passing through his cham- 
ber one evening, preceded by a single page, a 
small canvas bag of guineas, which he held in 
his hand accidentally dropped, and one of tihem 



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rolled under a closet door, in which wood was 
usually kept for the use of his bed-chamber. 
After the king had very deliberately picked up 
the money, he found himself deficient of a 
guinea ; and, guessing where it went, " Come," 
said he to the page, " we must find this guinea ; 
here, help me throw out the wood." The page 
xnd he accordingly went to work, and in a short 
t^ne found it. " Well," said the king, " you 
have wrought hard, there is the guinea for your 
labour, but I would have nothing lost." 

829. — Dean Swift knew an old woman of 
the name of Margaret Styles, who was much ad- 
* dieted to drinking. Though frequently admon- 
ished by him, he one day found her at the bottom 
of a ditch, with a bundle of sticks, with which, 
being in her old way, she had tumbled in. The 
dean, after severely rebuking her, asked her, 
" Where she thought of going to? " (meaning 
after her death.) " I'll tell you, Sir," said she, 
" if you'll help me up." When he had assisted 
her, and repeated his question — " where do I 
think of going to? " said she, " where the best 
liquor is, to be sure." 

830. — A Jew, who was condemned to be 
hanged, was brought to the gallows, and was 
just on the point of being turned off, when a re- 
prieve arrived. Moses was informed of this, and 
it was expected he would instantly have quitted 
the cart, but he stayed to see his two fellow-pris- 
oners hanged ; and being asked, why he did not 
get about his business, lie said, " He waited to 



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see if he could bargain with Maister Kctsch for 
the two gentlemen's clothes." 

831. — An English Drummer having strolled 
from the camp, approached the French lines, and 
before he was aware, was seized by the pique! 
and carried before the commander, on suspicion 
of being a spy, disguised in a drummer's uni 
form. On being questioned, however, he hon- 
estly told the truth, and declared who and what 
he was. This not gaining credit, a drum was 
sent for, and he was desired to beat a couple of 
marches, which he readily performed, and thus 
removed the Frenchman's suspicion of his assum- 
ing a fictitious character. " But, my lad," said 
he, " let me now hear you beat a retreat." — " A 
retreat ! " replied the drummer ; " I don't know 
what it is, nor is it known in the English ser- 
vice ! " The French officer was so pleased with 
this spirited remark, that he dismissed the poor 
fellow, with a letter of recommendation to his 
general. 

832. — An Old Woman that sold ale, being at 
church, fell asleep during the sermon, and un- 
luckily let her old-fashioned clasped Bible fall, 
which, making a great noise, she exclaimed, half 
awake, " So, you jade, there's another jug 
broke ! " 

833. — Admiral Blake, when a captain, was 
sent with a small squadron to the West Indies, 
on a secret expedition against the Spanish settle- 
ments. It happened, in an engagement, that 
one of his ships blew up, which damped the 



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spirits of his crew ; but Blake, who was not to be 
subdued by one unsuccessful occurrence, called 
out to his men, " Well, my lads, you have seen an 
English ship blown up ; and now let's see what 
figure a Spanish one will make in the same situa- 
tion." This well-timed harangue raised their 
spirits immediately, and in less than an hour he 
set his antagonist on fire. " There, my lads," 
said he, "I knew we should have our revenge 
soon." 

834. — When Citizen Thelwall was on his 
trial at the Old Bailey for high treason, during 
the evidence for the prosecution he wrote the fol- 
lowing note, and sent it to his counsel, Mr. Ers- 
kine : " I am determined to plead my cause my- 
self." Mr. Erskine wrote under it: " If you do, 
you'll be hanged " ; to which Thelwall immedi- 
ate^ returned this reply : " I'll he hang'd, then, 
if I do." 

835. — Chateauneuf, keeper of the seals of 
Louis XIII. when a boy of only nine years old, 
was asked many questions by a bishop, and gave 
very prompt answers to them all. At length the 
prelate said, " I will give you an orange if you 
will tell me where God is?"— "My lord," re- 
plied the boy, " I will give you two oranges, if 
you will tell me where he is not." 

836.— During the siege of Fort St. Philip, a 
young lieutenant of marines was so unfortunate 
as to lose both his legs by a chain-shot. In this 
miserable and helpless condition he was conveyed 
to England, and a memorial of his case presented 



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to an honourable board ; but nothing more than 
half-pay could be obtained. Major Manson had 
the poor lieutenant conducted to court on a pub- 
lic day, in his uniform ; where, posted in the 
ante-room, and supported by two of his brother 
officers, he cried out, as the king, George L, was 
passing to the drawing-room, " Behold, great 
-sire, a man who refuses to bend his knee to you ; 
fie has lost both in your service." The king, 
struck no less by the singularity of his address, 
than by the melancholy object before him, 
stopped, and hastily demanded what had been 
done for him. " Half-pay," replied the lieuten- 
ant, " and please your majesty," — " Fye, fye 
on't," said the king, shaking his head ; " but let 
me see you again — next levee day." The lieu- 
tenant did not fail to appear, when he received 
from the immediate hand of royalty a present of 
five hundred pounds, and an annuity of two hun- 
dred pounds a year for life. 

, 837. — A Clergyman preaching some time 
ago, in the neighbourhood of Wapping, observ- 
ing that most of his audience were in the sea- 
faring way, embellished his discourse with several 
nautical tropes and figures. Amongst other 
things, he advised them to be ever " on the watch, 
so that on whatever tack the devil should bear 
down upon them, he might be crippled in the ac- 
tion." — " Ay, master," cried a jolly son of 
Neptune, " but let me tell you, that will defend 
On your having the weather-gauge of him." 
838, — Every one has heard of the brave 



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Macpherson, who, with his trusty ferrara, mowed 
down whole ranks of the Gallic foe, in that me- 
morable battle where the immortal Wolfe expired 
in the arms of victory ! His captain, who had 
marked the incredible valour of the gallant 
Caledonian, saw T him, after the fate of the glori- 
ous day was decided, set himself down by a heap 
of Frenchmen slain by his valiant arm, wipe the 
dust and sweat from his sunburnt brow, and re- 
fresh himself with a hearty pinch from his snuff- 
mill. The king, on the regiment's return to 
Britain, expressed a desire to see this brave old 
highlander, who being introduced by his cap- 
tain, his Majesty presented his hand to Don- 
ald to kiss : honest Donald, unacquainted with the 
ceremonial of courts, and thinking the king 
asked him for a pinch of snuff, clapped his horn 
into the monarch's fist, accompanied with a 
hearty squeeze. The king laughed heartily, ac- 
cepted of a pinch, made Donald a lieutenant, 
and gave him half-pay for life. 

839. — Some Years Ago, Dr. Warner hap- 
pened to be in a stationer's shop, when a mem- 
ber of the House of Commons came in to pur- 
chase a hundred pens for six shillings. When he 
was gone, the doctor exclaimed, " Oh ! the luxury 
of the age ! Six shillings for a hundred pens ! 
Why, it never cost me sixpence for pens in all 
my life." — " That is somewhat very surprising, 
doctor," said the stationer, " for your writings 
are very voluminous." — " I declare," replied the 
doctor, " I wrote my Ecclesiastical History, two 



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volumes in folio, and my Dissertation on the 
Book of Common Pra} r er, a large folio, first and 
corrected copies, with one single pen : it was an 
old one before I began, and it is not now worn 
out that I have finished." — This relation was 
spread about, and the merits of this pen esteemed 
so highly, that a certain Countess begged the 
doctor to make her a present of it : he did so, 
and her ladyship had a gold case made, with a 
short history of the pen wrought upon it, and 
placed it in her cabinet of curiosities. 

840. — An Officer in Admiral Lord St. Vin- 
cent's fleet, asking one of the captains, who was 
gallantly bearing down upon the Spanish fleet, 
whether he had reckoned the number of the 
enemy? " No," replied the captain, " it will be 
time enough to do that, when we have made them 
strike." 

841. — That laughter is by no means an un- 
equivocal symptom of a merry heart, there is a 
remarkable anecdote of Carlini, the drollest 
buffoon ever known on the Italian stage at Paris, 
A French physician being consulted by a person 
who was subject to the most gloomy fits of mel- 
ancholy, advised his patient to mix in scenes of 
gaiety, and particularly, to frequent the Italian 
theatre : " And," said he, " if Carlini does not 
dispel your gloomy complaint, your case must 
be desperate indeed ! " — " Alas, Sir," replied the 
patient, " I myself am Carlini, but while I divert 
all Paris with mirth, and make them almost die 
with laughter, I am myself actually dying with 



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chagrin and melancholy ! " Immoderate laugh- 
ter, like the immoderate use of strong cordials, 
gives only a temporary appearance of cheerful- 
ness, which is soon terminated by an increased 
depression of spirits. 

842. — Lord Camelford entering one even- 
ing a coffee-house in Conduit street, meanly at- 
tired, as he often was, he sat down to peruse the 
papers of the day. Soon after came in a dash- 
ing fellow, a first-rate blood, who threw himself 
into the opposite seat of the same box with him, 
and in a most consequential tone bawled out, 
" Waiter ! bring me a pint of Madeira, and a 
couple of wax candles, and put them into the 
next box." He then drew to himself Lord 
Camelford's candles, and set himself to read. 
His lordship glanced a look of indignation, but, 
exerting his optics a little more, continued to de- 
cypher his paper. The waiter soon re-appeared, 
and announced his having completed the com- 
mands of the gentleman, who immediately 
lounged round into his box. Lord Camelford 
having finished his paragraph, called out in a 
mimic tone, " Waiter ! bring me a pair of snuf- 
fers." These were quickly brought, when his 
lordship laid down his paper, walked round to 
the box in which the gentleman was seated, 
snuffed out both the candles, and leisurely re- 
turned to his seat. Boiling with rage and fury, 
the indignant beau roared out, " Waiter ! waiter ! 
waiter! who the devil is this fellow that dares 
thus to insult a gentleman? Who is he? What 



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is he? What do they call him? "— " Lord Cam- 
elford, Sir," said the wait6r. "Who? Lord 
Camelford ! " returned the former, in a tone of 
voice scarcely audible ; horror-struck at the recol- 
lection of his own impertinence, and almost 
doubting whether he was still in existence; 
" Lord Camelford ! What have I to pay ? " On 
being told, he laid down his score, and actually 
stole away, without daring to taste his Madeira. 

843. — A Veteran at the battle of Trafalgar, 
who was actively employed at one of the guns 
on the quarter-deck of the Britannia, had his 
leg shot off below the knee, and observed to an 
officer, who was ordering him to be conveyed to 
the cock-pit, " That's but a shilling touch ; an 
inch higher and I should have had my eighteen 
pence for it " ; alluding by this to the scale of 
pensions allowed for wounds, which, of course, 
increase according to their severity. The same 
hearty fellow, as they were lifting him on a 
brother tar's shoulders, said to one of his friends, 
" Bob, take a look for my leg, and give me the 
silver buckle out of my shoe ; I'll do as much for 
you, please God, some other time." 

844. — The following is an account of a most 
ingenious stratagem played off at Paris before 
the Revolution : the last time that the late queen 
of France visited the theatre in Paris, the wife of 
a financier, whose whole merit consisted in a 
heavy purse, and an ostentatious display of 
eastern magnificence, sat alone in a box opposite 
to that of her majesty. She affected to make a 



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parade of a costly pair of bracelets, which, as 
the queen now and then cast her eyes upon her, 
she fondly supposed attracted the admiration of 
her sovereign. She was hugging herself in 
thoughts that exceedingly flattered her vanity, 
when a person dressed in the queen's livery, en- 
tered the box. " Madam," said he, " you may 
have perceived how attentively the queen has sur- 
veyed those magnificent bracelets, which though 
so precious and costly, still receive greater lustre 
from the dazzling beauty of the arm w T hich bears 
them; I am commissioned by her majesty to re- 
quest you will entrust me with one of them, that 
her majesty may have a nearer view of the un- 
paralleled jewels." Melted by the flattering 
compliment, she did not hesitate, and delivered 
one of her bracelets. Alas ! she soon repented 
her blind confidence, and heard nothing more of 
her bracelet till the next morning, when an ex- 
empt of the police begged to be admitted^ and 
chid her politely for trusting so valuable a 
trinket in the hands of a stranger ; " but, 
madam," added he, " the rogue is taken up, and 
here is a letter from the Lieutenant de Police, 
which will explain the whole." The letter was, 
indeed, signed " De Crone," and contained a re- 
quest, that the lady would repair at twelve 
o'clock to the office, and in the meantime deliver 
to the exempt the other bracelet, that it might 
be compared with the first, then in his hand, that 
he might have sufficient proof to commit the 
sharper. So much attention from the chief 



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magistrate filled her with gratitude, which she 
expressed in the liveliest terms, bestowing the 
greatest praise on the vigilance of the police, 
which in no country was so vigilant as at Paris. 
In fine, after ordering up a dish of chocolate for 
the exempt, she put the other bracelet in his 
hand. They parted, but it was forever — this 
pretended exempt, proving neither more nor less 
than the worthy associate of the queen s bold 
messenger! 

845. — The Writer of this article having, 
many years ago, accompanied Doctor Arne to 
Cannons, the seat of the late Duke of Chandos, 
to assist at the performance of an oratorio in the 
chapel of Whitchurch, such was the throng of 
company, that no provisions were to be procured 
at the duke's house. On going to the Chandos' 
Arms, in the town of Edgeware, we made our 
way into the kitchen, where we found nothing 
but a solitary leg of mutton on the spit. This, 
the waiter informed me, was bespoke by a party 
of gentlemen. The doctor (rubbing his elbow — 
his usual manner), says to me, " I'll have that 
mutton — give me a fiddle-string." He took the 
fiddle-string, cut it in pieces, and "privately 
sprinkling it over the mutton, walked out of the 
kitchen. Then waiting very patiently till the 
waiter had served it up, he heard one of the 
gentlemen exclaim — " Waiter ! this meat is full 
of maggots, take it away." This was what the 
doctor expected, who was on the watch. — " Here, 
give it to me." — " O, Sir," said the waiter, " you 



16 JOE MILLER 

can't eat it, it is full of maggots." — " O, never 
mind," cries the doctor, " fiddlers have strong 
stomachs." So bearing it away, and scraping 
off the fiddle-strings, we made a hearty dinner on 
the apparently maggotty mutton. 

846. — At the time when Frederic Moul was 
engaged in translating Libanius, a servant came 
to tell him, that his wife, who had long been in 
a declining state, was very ill, and wished to 
speak to him. " Stop a minute, stop a minute," 
said he, " I have but two sentences to finish, and 
then I will be with her directly." Another mess- 
enger came to announce, that she was at the last 
gasp. " I have but two words to write," an- 
swered he, " and then I'll fly to her." A moment 
after word was brought to him that she had ex- 
pired. " Alas ! I am very sorry for it," ex- 
claimed the tranquil husband, " she was the best 
wife in the world ! " Having uttered this brief 
funeral oration, he went on with his work. 

847. — After their victories over the Persians, 
the Athenians made a law, that on one day in 
every year there should be an exhibition of a 
cock-fight. This custom is said to have arisen 
from the following circumstance: — When 
Themistocles led an army of his countrymen 
against the Barbarians, he saw two cocks fight- 
ing. The spectacle was not lost on him : 1 e made 
his army halt^ and thus addressed them : — 
" These cocks," said he, " arc not fighting for 
their country, nor for their paternal gods ; nor 
do they endure this for the monuments of their 



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ancestors, for the sake of glory in the cause of 
liberty, or for their offspring. The only motive 
is, that one is determined not to yield to the 
other." 

848. — Among the many anecdotes which the 
great Lord Mansfield used to relate, was the fol- 
lowing: A St. Giles's bird appeared as an evi- 
dence before him in some trial concerning a quar- 
rel, and so confounded his lordship with his 
slang, that he was obliged to dismiss him with- 
out getting any information. He was desired 
to give an account of all he knew about the busi- 
ness. " Why, my lord," said he, " as I was 
coming round the corner of the street, I stagged 
the man." — " Pray," said Lord Mansfield, 
"what is stagging sl man?" — " Stagging, my 
lord; why you see I was down upon him." — 
" Well, but I don't understand down upon him 
any more than stagging. Do speak to be under- 
understood." — " Why, an't please your lord- 
ship, I speak as well as I can. I was up, you 
see, to all he knew." — " To all he knew? I am as 
much in the dark as ever." — " Well, then, my 
lord, I'll tell you how it was." — " Do so." — 
" Why, my lord, seeing as how he was a mm 
lid, I was one upon his tiboy." The fellow was 
at length sent out of court, and was heard to say 
to one of his companions, that he had gloriously 
queered old full-bottom. 

849. — A Poor Woman, who had attended sev- 
eral confirmations, was at length recognised by 
the bishop. " Pray, have I not seen you here 



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before? " said his lordship. " Yes," replied the 
woman, " I get me conformed as often as I can ; 
the j tell me it is good for the rheumatis." 

850. — Taxes upon every article which enters 
into the mouth, or covers the back, or is placed 
under the foot ; taxes upon every thing which is 
pleasant to see, hear, feel, smell, and taste ; taxes 
upon warmth, light, and locomotion ; taxes on 
everything on earth, and the waters under the 
earth ; on everything that comes from abroad, or 
is grown at home ; taxes on the raw materials ; 
taxes on every fresh value that is added to it by 
the industry of man; taxes on the sauce which 
pampers man's appetite, and the drug that re- 
stores him to health ; on the ermine which deco- 
rates the judge, and the rope which hangs the 
criminal ; on the poor man's salt, and the rich 
man's spice ; on the brass nails of the coffin, and 
the ribbands of the bride; at bed and board, 
couchant or levant, we must pay. The school- 
boy whips his taxed top; the beardless youth 
manages his taxed horse with a taxed bridle on 
a road taxed; and the dying Englishman pour- 
ing his medicine, which has paid 7 per cent, 
into a spoon which has paid 15 per cent, flings 
himself back upon his Chintz bed which has 
paid 22 per cent., makes his will on an eight 
pound stamp, and expires in the arms of an 
apothecary who has paid a license of an hundred 
pounds for the privilege of putting him to death. 
His ""hole property is then immediately taxed 
from 2 to 10 per cent. Besides the probate, 



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large fees are demanded for burying him in the 
chancel ; his virtues are handed down to posterity 
on taxed marble ; and he is then gathered to his 
fathers — to be taxed no more. 

851. — During the action against the Alger- 
ines, as Lord Exmouth and Captain Brisbane 
were conversing together, the latter was struck 
flat on the ground by a spent ball, or some other 
cause. Lord Exmouth immediately called the 
first lieutenant, and exclaimed, " Poor Brisbane! 
he's gone ! take the command." The captain, 
raising himself in a sitting posture, coolly said, 
" Not yet, my lord " ; and in a moment after re- 
sumed his share in the business of the day. 

852. — The Rev. Caleb Coeton, nephew of 
the late Sir George Staunton, gives in a recent 
publication the following anecdote : — " My late 
uncle, Sir G. Staunton, related to me a curious 
anecdote of old Kien Long, Emperor of China. 
He was inquiring of Sir George the manner in 
which physicians were paid in England. When, 
after some difficulty, his majesty was made to 
comprehend the system, he exclaimed, " Is any 
man well in England, that can afford to be ill? 
now, I will inform you," said he, " how I manage 
my physicians. I have four, to whom the care 
of my health is committed : a certain weekly sal- 
ary is allowed them, but the moment I am ill, the 
salary stops till I am well again. I need not in- 
form you my illnesses are usually short." 

853. — Sir John Bernard distinguished him- 
self in parliament by his integrity and his firm- 



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ness. When Sir Robert Walpole, then prime 
minister, was one day whispering to the Speaker 
of the House of Commons, who leaned towards 
him over the arm of his chair, at the time Sir 
John Bernard was speaking, he exclaimed, " Mr. 
Speaker, I address myself to you, and not to 
your chair; I will be heard; I call that gentle- 
man to order." The Speaker immediately dis- 
missed Sir Robert, and begged Sir John's par- 
don, requesting him to proceed. 

Sir Robert Walpole, whose measures Sir John 
generally opposed, once paid him a high compli- 
ment. They were riding in two different parties 
in a narrow lane, and one of Sir Robert's com- 
panions hearing some person speaking before he 
came up to them, inquired of Sir Robert whose 
voice it was. " Do you not know? " replied the 
minister. " It is one I shall never forget ; I have 
often felt its power." 

854. — " Susan ! " said an Irish footman to 
his fellow servant, " what are the bells ringing 
for again? " — " In honour of the Duke of 
York's birthday, Mr. Murphy." — " Be aisy 
now," rejoined the Hibernian, " none of your 
blarney — sure, 'twas the Prince Regent's on 
Tuesday, and how can it be his brother's to-day, 
unless indeed they are twins? " 

855. — It was so natural for Dr. Watts, when 
a child, to speak in rhyme, that even at the very 
time he wished to avoid it, he could not. His 
father was displeased at this propensity, and 
threatened to whip him if he did not leave off 



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making verses. One clay when he was about to 
put his threat in execution, the child burst into 
tears, and on his knees said, 



Pray, father, do some pity take, 
And I will no more verses make. 



856. — His Royal Highness the late Duke of 
Cumberland, being at Newmarket, missed his 
pocket-book just before the horses started, con- 
taining a quantity of bank notes. When the 
cognoscenti of the turf cajne about him, and 
offered him several bets, he said, " I have lost my 
money already, and cannot afford to venture any 
more to-day." The horse which the duke had in- 
tended to back was distanced; so he consoled 
himself that the loss of his pocket-book was only 
a temporary evil, as he should have forfeited its 
contents to the worthies of the turf. The race 
was no sooner finished than a veteran half -pay 
officer presented his royal highness with the lost 
pocket-book, saying he had found it near the 
stand, but had not an opportunity of approach- 
ing him earlier. The duke refused to receive it, 
most generously saying, " I am glad it has fallen 
into such hands ; keep it ; had it not been for this 
accident, it would have been by this time dis- 
persed among the black legs of Newmarket." 

857. — A Child of one of the crew of his maj- 
esty's ship Peacock, during the action with the 
United States vessel, Hornet, amused himself 
with chasing a goat between decks. Not in the 



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least terrified by destruction and death all around 
him, he persisted, till a cannon ball came and 
took off both the hind legs of the goat, when 
seeing her disabled, he jumped astride her, cry- 
ing, " Now I've caught you." 

858. — During an action of Admiral Rodney 
with the French, a woman assisted at one of the 
guns on the main-deck, and being asked by the 
admiral what she did there, she replied, " An't 
please your honour, my husband is sent down to 
the cock-pit wounded, and I am here to supply 
his place. Do you" think, your honour, I am 
afraid of the French? " After the action, Lord 
Rodney called her aft, told her she had been 
guilty of a breach of orders, by being on board, 
but rewarded her with ten guineas for so gal- 
lantly supplying the place of her husband. 

859.— In the Attack on the strong fortress 
of St. Fernando de Omao, in the year 1780, an 
English sailor who had scrambled singly over the 
wall, had, for the better annoyance of the enemy 
on all sides, armed himself with a cutlass in each 
hand. Thus equipped, he fell in with a Span- 
ish officer just roused from sleep, and who in the 
hurry and confusion had forgotten his sword. 
The circumstance restrained the fury of the Brit- 
ish tar, who, disdaining to attack an unarmed 
foe, but unwilling to relinquish so happy an op- 
portunity of displaying his courage in single 
combat, presented one of the cutlasses to him, 
saying, " I scorn any advantage ; yon are now 
upon an equal footing with me." The aston- 



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ishment of the officer at such an act of gener- 
osity, and the facility with which a friendly par- 
ley took place, when he expected nothing else 
from the uncouth and hostile appearance of his 
foe, than being cut into pieces instantly, and 
without mercy, could only be rivalled by the ad- 
miration which his relation of the story excited 
in his countrymen. 

860. — In the Late American War, a New 
York trader was chased by a small French priva- 
teer, and having four guns with plenty of small 
arms, it was agreed to stand a brush with the 
enemy rather than be taken prisoners. Among 
several other passengers was an athletic quaker, 
who, though he withstood every solicitation to 
lend a hand, as being contrary to his religious 
tenets, kept walking backwards and forwards on 
the deck, without any apparent fear, the enemy 
all the time pouring in their shot. At length 
the vessels having approached close to each other, 
a disposition to board was manifested by the 
French, which was very soon put in execution ; 
and the quaker being on the lookout, unexpect- 
edly sprung towards the first man that jumped 
on board, and, grappling him forcibly by the 
collar, coolly said, " Friend, thou hast no busi- 
ness here," at the same time hoisting him over 
the ship's side. 

861. — Dr. Brocklesby had been sent for to 
attend the Duchess of Richmond's woman, who 
was so ill as to be confined to her bed. In the 
hall he was met by the duke's valet, who was the 



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woman's husband, and who either by nature or 
locality was as warm a politician as the Doctor. 
Public affairs being then peculiarly critical, they 
became so interested in debate, that the patient 
was little thought of as they ascended stairs, nor 
did the conversation relax when they reached the 
sick woman's chamber. In short, they both 
quitted the room, returned downstairs, and the 
Doctor quitted Richmond-house, without either 
of them being aware that they had neither looked 
at the patient nor spoken to her, or of her. 

862. — The Celebrated Bubb Doddington, 
was very lethargic. Falling asleep one da} 7 
after dinner with Sir Richard Temple and Lord 
Cobham, the general, the latter reproached 
Doddington with his drowsiness. Doddington 
denied having been asleep ; and to prove he had 
not, offered to repeat all Lord Cobham had been 
saying. Cobham challenged him to do so. 
Doddington repeated a story, and Lord Cobham 
owned he had been telling it. " And yet," said 
Doddington, " I did not hear a word of it ; but 
I went to sleep because I knew that about this 
time of day you would tell that story." 

863. — It is recorded to the honour of our 
Edward the Third, that one day, having laid 
down upon a couch, one of his domestics, who 
did not know that he was in the chamber, came 
softly into it, and stole some money out of a 
chest he found open, which the king let him carry 
off without saying a word. Presently after, the 
boy returned to make a second attempt: at this 



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the king called out to him, without any violence 
of passion, " Sirrah, you had best be satisfied 
with what you have got; for if my chamberlain 
come and catch you, he will not only take away 
what you have stolen, but also whip you se- 
verely." The chamberlain came in at this in- 
stant, and seizing the money, fell into a great 
rage ; but the king calmly said, " Tut, man, be 
content ; the chest should not have been left open ; 
the temptation was too strong for the poor 
youth : he perhaps wanted money more than we 
do, and there is, you see, enough left for us ! " 

864. — When the Eare of Ceancarty was 
captain of a man-of-war, and was cruising on the 
coast of Guinea, he happened to lose his chap- 
lain by a fever, on which the lieutenant, who was 
a Scotchman, gave him notice of it, saying, at 
the same time, " that he was sorry to inform him 
that he died a Roman Catholic." — " Well, so 
much the better," said his lordship. " Oot, oot, 
my lord, how can you say so of a British clergy- 
man? "— " Why," said his lordship, " because I 
believe I am the first captain of a man-of-war 
that could boast of having a chaplain who had 
any religion at all." 

865.- — Diogenes, visiting Plato at his villa, 
and perceiving that the floors were beautifully 
spread with carpets of the richest wool and finest 
dye, stamping his foot in sardonic scorn, he ex- 
claimed, " Thus do I tread on the pride of 
Plato ! " — " With greater pride," mildly replied 
Plato. 



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866. — Yoiture having satirized a nobleman 
who was powerful at court, the latter sought 
every occasion to revenge himself, and challenged 
Voiture to fight him with swords. " We are not 
equals," replied tlie poet ; "you are very great, 
I am little ; you are brave, I am cowardly ; you 
wish to kill me — eh bien; I will consider myself 
as dead." This timely jest turned the anger of 
the nobleman into irrestrainable laughter, and 
the}^ parted good friends. 

867. — In the time of the old court, the faces 
of the Parisian ladies were spotted with patches 
like pards, and plastered with rouge like so many 
red lions of the road-side. Lord Chesterfield 
being at Paris, was asked by Voltaire if he did 
not think some French ladies, then in company, 
whose cheeks were fashionably tinted, very beau- 
tiful, " Excuse me," said Chesterfield, " from 
giving an opinion: I am really no judge of 
paintings." 

868. — Lord Chancellor Hardwick was 
very fond of entertaining his visitors with the 
following story of his bailiff, who, having been 
ordered by his lady to procure a sow of a par- 
ticular description, came one day into the dining- 
room when full of company, proclaiming with a 
burst of joy he could not suppress, " I have been 
at Royston fair, my lady, and I have got a sow 
exactly of your ladyship's size." 

869. — King James II. treated Waller, the 



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poet, with great kindness and familiarity. Tak- 
ing him one day into his closet, the king asked 
him how he liked a particular picture, which he 
pointed out. " My eyes," said Waller, then at 
an advanced age, " are dim, and I do not know 
it." The king said it was the Princess of Orange. 
" She is," said Waller, " like the greatest woman 
in the world." The king asked who that was ; 
and w r as answered, " Queen Elizabeth." — " I 
wonder," said James, " you should think so ; but 
I must confess she had a wise council." — " And, 
Sire," returned Waller quickly, " did you ever 
know a fool choose a wise one? " 

870. — In Mr. Fox's frolicsome days, a trades- 
man, who held his bill for two hundred pounds, 
called for payment. Charles said he could not 
then discharge it. " How can that be," said the 
creditor; " you have just now lying before you 
bank notes to a large amount." — " Those," re- 
plied Mr. Fox, " are for paying my debts of 
honour." The tradesman immediately threw 
his bill into the fire. " Now, Sir," said he, 
" mine is a debt of honour, which I cannot now 
oblige you to pay." Charles, much to his hon- 
our, instantly paid him his full demand. 

871. — In the Evening of the day on which 
Sir Eardley Wilmot kissed hands on being ap- 
pointed chief -justice, his son, a youth of seven- 
teen, attended him to his bedside. " Now," said 
he, " my son, I will tell you a secret, worth know- 
ing and remembering. The elevation I have 
met with in life, particularly this last instance 



28 JOE MILLER 

of it, has not been owing to any superior merit 
or abilities, but to my humility; to my not set- 
ting up myself above others ; and to an uniform 
endeavour to pass through life, void of offense 
towards God and man." — A gentleman once 
went to him, under the impression of great wrath 
and indignation at a real injury he had received 
from a person high in power, and which he was 
meditating how to resent in the most effectual 
manner. After relating the particulars, he 
asked Sir Eardley if he did not think it would 
be manly to resent it ? " Yes," said the christian 
knight, " it will be manly to resent it, but it 
will be God-like to forgive it." This had such 
an effect upon the gentleman, that he came away 
quite a different man, and in a very subdued tem- 
per from that in which he went. 

872. — Lord Waldegrave abjured the Catho- 
lic religion ; he was afterwards appointed am- 
bassador at Paris, and was one day teased upon 
the subject of his conversion, by the Duke of 
Berwick. " Pray, Mr. Ambassador," said he, 
" who had most to do in your conversion — the 
ministers of state, or the ministers of religion ? " 
— " That is a question," said his lordship calmly, 
;< you must excuse my answering, for when I 
ceased to be a Catholic, I renounced confession." 

873. — Fletcher, Bishop of Nismes, was the 
son of a tallow-chandler. A proud duke once 
endeavoured to mortify the prelate, by saying, 
at the levee, that he smelt of tallow: to which 
the bishop replied, " My lord, I am the son of 



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a chandler, it is true, and if your lordship had 
been the same, you would have remained a tallow- 
chandler all the days of your life." 

874. — Lord Stanley came plainly dressed to 
request a private audience of King James I., but 
was refused admittance into the royal closet by 
a sprucely-dressed countryman of the king's. 
James hearing the altercation between the two, 
came out, and inquired the cause. " My liege," 
said Lord Stanley, " this gay countryman of 
yours has refused me admittance to your pres- 
ence." — " Cousin," said the king, " how shall I 
punish him? Shall I send him to the Tower? " 
— " O no, my liege," replied Lord Stanley, " in- 
flict a severer punishment — send him back to 
Scotland ! " 

875. — Archbishop Laud was a man of very 
short stature. Charles the First and the Arch- 
bishop were one day sat down to dinner, when it 
was agreed that Archy, the king's jester, should 
say grace for them, which he did in this fashion : 
— " Great praise be given to God, but little Laud 
to the devil ! " — For this sally Laud was weak 
enough to insist upon Archy's dismissal. 

876.— A Vacant See was to be supplied, and 
the synod observed to the Emperor Peter the 
Great, that they had none but ignorant men to 
present to his majesty. " Well then," replied 
the Czar, " you have only to pitch upon the most 
honest man: he will be worth two learned ones." 

877. — The Witty Lord Ross, having spent 
all his money in London, set out for Ireland, in 



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order to recruit his purse. On his way, he hap- 
pened to meet with Sir Murrough O'Brien, driv- 
ing for the capital in a lofty phaeton, with six 
prime dun-coloured horses. " Sir Murrough," 
exclaimed his lordship, " what a contrast there 
is betwixt you and me? You are driving your 
duns before you, but my duns are driving me 
before them." 

878. — Richard the First, on the Pope re- 
claiming as a son of the church, a bishop whom 
that king had taken prisoner in battle, sent him 
the prelate's coat-of-mail, and in the words of 
the scripture, asked him, " Know now whether 
this be thy son's coat or not? " 

879. — When the Duke of Sukly was called 
upon by Louis the Thirteenth to give his advice 
in some great emergency, he observed the favour- 
ites of the new king whispering to one another, 
and smiling at his plain and unfashionable ap- 
pearance. " Whenever your Majesty's father," 
said the old warrior and statesman, " did me the 
honour to consult me, he ordered the buffoons of 
the court to retire into the antechamber." This 
severe reproof silenced the satellites, who in- 
stanty hid " their diminished heads." 

880. — When James the First proposed to 
some of his council this question, — " Whether he 
might not take his subjects' money when he 
needed it for the affairs of his government, with- 
out all the formality of parliament? " Bishop 
Neile replied, " God forbid you should not, for 
you are the breath of our nostrils." Bishop 



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Andrews declined answering, saying, that he was 
not skilled in parliamentary questiors; but upon 
the king's urging him, and saying that he would 
admit no evasion, the bishop replied, " Why, 
then, I think your Majesty may lawfully take 
my brother Neile's money, for he says you may." 

881. — The Late Lord Willoughby de 
Broke was a very singular character, and had 
more peculiarities than any nobleman of his day. 
Coming once out of the house of peers, and not 
seeing his servant among those who were waiting 
at the door, he called out in a very loud voice, 
" Where can my fellow be? " — " Not in Europe, 
my lord," said Anthony Henley, who happened 
to be near him, " not in Europe." 

882. — The Marquis Della Scaeas, an Ital- 
ian nobleman, having invited the neighbouring 
gentry to a grand entertainment, where all the 
delicacies of the season were provided, some 
of the company arrived very early, for the pur- 
pose of paying their respects to his excellency : 
soon after which, the major-domo, entering the 
dining-room in a great hurry, told the marquis 
that there was a most wonderful fisherman be- 
low, who had brought one of the finest fish in all 
Italy ; for which, however, he demanded a most 
extravagant price. " Regard not his price," 
cried the marquis ; " pay him the money di- 
rectly." — " So I would, please your highness, 
but he refuses to take any money." — " What, 
then, would the fellow have?" — "A hundred 
strokes of the strappado on his bare shoulders, 



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my lord; he says he will not bate a single blow." 
On this the whole companj^ ran down stairs, to 
see so singular a man. " A fine fish ! " cried the 
marquis. " What is your demand, my friend? " 
— " Not a quatrini, my lord," answered the 
fisherman : " I will not take money. If your 
lordship wishes to have the fish, you must order 
me a hundred lashes of the strappado on my 
naked back ; otherwise I shall apply elsewhere." 
— " Rather than lose the fish," said the marquis, 
" we must e'en let this fellow have his humour. 
Here ! " cried he to one of his grooms, " dis- 
charge this honest man's demands, but don't lay 
on too hard; don't hurt the poor devil very 
much ! " The fisherman then stripped, and the 
groom prepared to execute his lordship's orders. 
" Now, my friend," said the fisherman, " keep an 
exact account, I beseech you; for I don't desire 
a single stroke more than my due." The whole 
company were astonished at the amazing forti- 
tude with which the man submitted to the opera- 
tion, till he had received the fiftieth lash; when, 
addressing himself to the servant, " Hold, my 
friend," cried the fisherman ; " I have now had 
my full share of the price." — " Your share? " 
exclaimed the marquis; " what is the meaning of 
all this? " — " My lord," returned the fisherman, 
" I have a partner, to whom my honour is en- 
gaged, that he shall have his full half of what- 
ever I receive for the fish ; and your lordship, I 
dare venture to say, will by and by own that it 
would be a thousand pities to defraud him of a 



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single stroke." — " And pray, honest friend," 
said the marquis, "who is this partner?" — 
" Your porter, ,my lord," answered the fisher- 
man, " who keeps the outer gate, and refused to 
admit me, unless I would promise him half what 
I should obtain for the fish." — " Ho ! ho ! " ex- 
claimed the marquis, laughing very heartily, 
" by the blessing of heaven, he shall have double 
his demand in full tale ! " The porter was ac- 
cordingly sent for; and, being stripped to the 
skin, two grooms were directed to lay on with all 
their might till he had fairly received what he 
was so well entitled to. The marquis then 
ordered his steward to pay the fisherman twenty 
sequins ; desiring him to call annually for the 
like sum, as a recompense for the friendly service 
he had rendered him. 

883. — Mr. Pope being one night crossing the 
street from Button's coffee-house, when the moon 
occasionally peeped through a cloud, was ac- 
costed by a link-boy with, " Light, your honour, 
light, your honour ! " He repeatedly exclaimed, 
" I do not want you." But the lad still following 
him, he peevishly cried out, " Get about your 
business, God mend me ! I will not give you a 
farthing ; it's light enough." — " It's light 
enough," echoed the lad, " what's light enough ? 
your head or your pocket? God mend you, in- 
deed ! it would be easier for God Almighty to 
make two men, than mend one such as you." 

884. — The Celebrated Florentine Phy- 
sician, Andrea Baccio, who has been styled the 



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Italian RadclifFe, for his astonishing penetration 
as to diseases, resembled that singular man, also, 
in the blunt method of delivering his sentiments. 
He was one day called to attend on a woman of 
quality. He went, felt her pulse, and asked her 
how old she was. She told him, " above four- 
score." — " And how long would you live? " said 
the cross physician, quitting her hand, and mak- 
ing the best of his way out of her house. 

885. — " Your unchristian virulence against 
me," said a Huguenot who had been persecuted 
for preaching, " shall cost hundreds of people 
their lives." This menace brought the author 
into trouble; he was cited to a court justice, and 
was charged with harbouring the most bloody 
designs against his fellow-subjects. " I am inno- 
cent," said he, " of all you lay to my account. 
My only meaning was, that I meant (since I 
could not act as a minister) to practise as a phys- 
ician." 

886. — The Father of the Late Lord 
Hard wick was hanged for forgery. When 
Lord H. sat as chancellor, an old countryman 
was examined as to a particular fact, the date of 
which he could not recollect. " All that I re- 
member about it," says he, " is, that it happened 
on the day old Yorke was hanged." 

887. — Judge D married the sister of 

Mr. P , who killed a gentleman unfairly. 

He applied to king George I. to pardon his rela- 
tion, confessing at the same time, that little could 
be urged in his favour; but hoped his majesty 



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would save him and his family from the infamy 

of P 's execution. " So, Mr. Judge," says 

the King, " what you want is, that I should 
transfer the infamy from you and your family, 
to me and my family." 

888. — Two Tars, just landed, went to see an 
old acquaintance, who keeps what they humour- 
ously called a grog-shop, in a village near Ports- 
mouth, the sign of the Angel. On their enter- 
ing the place, they stared about for the wished- 
for sign. " There it is ! " said one. " Why, 
you fool," replied the other, " that's a pea- 
cock." — " Who do you call fool? " retorted Ben, 
"how the devil should I know the difference, 
when I never saw an angel in my life." 

889. — An American General, L , was 

in company where there were some few Scotch. 
After supper, when the wine was served up, the 
general rose, and addressed the company in the 
following words : — " Gentlemen, I must inform 
you, that when I get a little groggish, I have an 
absurd custom of railing against the Scotch, I 
hope no gentleman in company will take it 
amiss." With this he sat down. Up starts 

M , a Scotch officer, and without seeming 

the least displeased, said, " Gentlemen, I, when 
I am a little groggish, and hear any person rail- 
ing against the Scotch, have an absurd custom 
of kicking him out of the company, I hope no 
gentleman will take it amiss." It is superfluous 
to add, that that night he had no occasion to ex- 
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890. — Francis I., of France, being told the 
people made very free with his character in their 
songs, answered, " It would be hard indeed not 
to allow them a song for their money." 

891. — An Honest Hibernian, whose bank- 
pocket (to use his own phrase) had stopped pay- 
ment, was forced to the sad necessity of peram- 
bulating the streets of Edingurgh two nights 
together for want of a few pence to pay his lodg- 
ings, when accidentally hearing a person talk of 
the Lying-in Hospital, he exclaimed, " That's 
the place for me ! Where is it, honey ? for I've 
been laying-out these two nights past." 

892. — Ariosto built for himself a small 
house, which when a friend saw, he expressed an 
astonishment that he, who had described such 
magnificent edifices in his poem should be con- 
tent with so poor a house. Ariosto aptly replied, 
" Words are much easier to put together than 
bricks." 

893. — The Bishop of Ermeeand lost a great 
portion of his revenues, in consequence of the 
occupation of part of Poland by the king of 
Prussia. Soon after this event, in the year 1773, 
he waited on his majesty at Potsdam; when the 
king asked him, if he could, after what had hap- 
pened, still have any friendship for him? 
" Sire ! " said the prelate, " I shall never forget 
my duty, as a good subject, to my sovereign." 
— " I am," replied the king, " still your very 
good friend : and likewise presume much on your 
friendship towards me; for, should St. Peter re- 



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fuse my entrance into Paradise, I hope you will 
lave the goodness to hide me under your mantle, 
and take me in along with you." — " Sire ! " re- 
turned the bishop, " that will, I fear, scarcely be 
possible: your majesty has cut it too short to ad- 
mit of my carrying any contraband goods be- 
neath it." 

894. — When the great earl of Stair was am- 
bassador in Holland, he made frequent entertain- 
ments, to which the foreign ministers were con- 
stantly invited, not excepting even France, 
though hostilities were then commencing between 
the two countries. In return, the French resi- 
dent as constantly invited the English and 
Austrian ambassadors upon the like occasions. 
The French minister was a man of considerable 
wit and vivacity. One day he proposed a health 
in these terms : " The rising sun, my master ; " 
alluding to the motto of Louis XIV., which w 7 as 
pledged by the whole company. It then came to 
the Baron de Riesbach's turn to give a health, 
and he, in the same humour, gave " The moon 
and fixed stars," in compliment to the empress 
queen. When it came to the English ambass- 
ador's turn, the eyes of all the company w T ere 
turned upon him ; but he, no way daunted, drank 
his master by the name of " Joshua the son of 
Nun, who made the sun and moon to stand still." 

895. — Dean Swift, whose character is w r ell 
known, having dined one day at a lord mayor's 
feast in Dublin, was teased by an opulent, bois- 
terous, half-in'oxicated squire, who happened to 



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sit next to him : he bore the awkward raillery for 
some time, and on a sudden called out, in a loud 
voice, to the mayor, " My lord, here is one of 
your bears at my shoulders ; I desire you will 
order him to be taken off." 

896. — Sir Francis used to plague Lord 

N with many impertinent visits, till at last 

lord N ordered his porter to deny him ad- 
mittance. Sir Francis came as usual. " My lord 
is not at home, Sir." — " Ah ! friend — Oh, 
though ! give me leave to speak two words to — 
the monkey." — Away he flew up stairs, and took 

lord N unawares. The porter was scolded. 

In a few days Sir Francis called again. " Is my 
lcrd at home?"— "No, Sir."— " Pray what 
says your clock ? My watch stands ; I must set 
it right." In he went, and made a second attack 
on his lordship. The porter was then told, if 
ever he let Sir Francis in again, he should be 
turned away. When the baronet knocked, he 
half opened the door, keeping it in his hand, and, 
without giving him time to speak, bawled out, 
" My lord is gone out, the monkey is dead, the 
clock is broke," and slapped the door full in his 
face ! 

897. — A Gentle sprinkle of rain happening, 
a plough-boy left his work, and went home ; but 
his master seeing him there, told him that he 
should not have left his work for so trifling an 
affair, and begffed for the future he would stav 
till it rained downright. A day or two after- 
wards proving a very rainy day, the boy staid 



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till dusk, and being almost drowned, his master 
asked him why he did not come home before. 
" Why I should," says the boy, " but you zed I 
shou'dn't come hoam vorc it rained downright ; 
and it has not rained downright yet, for it was 
aslaunt all day long." 

898. — A Lady desired her butler to be saving 
of an excellent tun of small beer, and asked him 
how it might be preserved. " I know of no 
method so effectual, my lady," says the butler, 
" as placing a barrel of good ale by it." 

899. — A Humourous fellow being subpoenaed 
as a witness on a trial for an assault, one of the 
counsel, who had been notorious for brow-beating 
witnesses, asked him what distance he was from 
the parties when the assault happened; he an- 
swered, " Just four feet five inches and a half." 
— " How come you to be so very exact, fellow ? " 
said the counsel. " Because I expected some fool 
or other would ask me," said he, " and so I meas- 
ured it." 

900. — Mr. Wesley, travelling in a stage- 
coach with a young officer, who swore and d d 

himself at every word, asked him if he had read 
the common prayer book ; for if he had he might 
remember the collect, " O God, who art ever more 
ready to hear than we to pray, and art wont to 
give more than either we desire or deserve." The 
young man had sense enough to make the appli- 
cation, and w 7 as decent the rest of the journey. 

901. — Pierre Zapata, court jester to Charles 
V., being one day made a butt of by his master, 



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that prince, expecting some joke in return, said 
to his courtiers : — " I shall be soon paid for 
this." — To which the jester replied: "Not so 
soon as you imagine, sire ; I am not prompt in 
paying those who are so tardy in paying 
others ! " This repartee was found the more 
lively, owing to Zapata and the officers of the 
court not having for a long time received their 
pensions. 

902. — When the late Duchess of Kingston 
wished to be received at the court of Berlin, she 
got the Russian minister there to mention her 
intention to his Prussian Majesty, and to tell 
him at the same time, " That her fortune was at 
Rome, her bank at Venice ; but that her heart 
was at Berlin." The king replied, " I am sorry 
we are only intrusted with the worst part of her 
Grace's property." 

903. — King William being once extremely 
embarrassed about a matter of state, was ad- 
vised to consult Sir Isaac Newton. " Newton," 
replied he, " Newton ! — why he is nothing but a 
philosopher ! " 

904. — Sir Godfrey Kneeler having painted 
a whole length portrait of the Duke of Hamil- 
ton, requested, that before it was sent home, his 
grace would come to inspect it, and see if he 
wished any alteration. The duke examined it 
closely, looked serious, went to the glass and 
looked at himself, then returned and looked at 
the picture, and with some appearance of ill- 
humour, returned to the glass. Sir Godfrey, 



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rather piqued at this strange behaviour, asked 
him if anything was wrong? "Why, yes;" 
said the duke, " when I look at the picture I feel 
myself a man of rank ; when I return to the glass 
I look like a poltroon ; however, for making me 
so much better than I am, you ought to be well 
paid ; here is a bank bill." — " No, my lord," re- 
plied Sir Godfrey, " I will not be paid more than 
once for the same picture ; you have overpaid it 
already." 

905. — In the time of the persecution of the 
protestants in France, the English Ambassador 
solicited of Louis XIV. the liberation of those 
sent to the galleys on account of their religion. 
" What," exclaimed the monarch, " would the 
king of England say, were I to demand the lib- 
eration of the prisoners in Newgate? " — " The 
king, my master," replied the minister, " would 
grant them to your majesty, if you claimed them 
as brothers." 

906. — The Duke d'Ossuna, being viceroy of 
Naples, went on board a Spanish galley, on a 
festival, to exercise his right of delivering one of 
the wretches from punishment. On interrogat- 
ing them why they were brought there, they all 
asserted their innocence but one, who confessed 
that his punishment was too small for his crimes. 
The duke said, " Here, take away this rascal, 
lest he should corrupt all these honest men ! " 

907. — Peter the Great was once shewn a 
parallel, in a foreign paper, between himself and 
Louis XIV., in which the latter was pronounced 



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to be greatty inferior to him. "If there be any- 
thing in which I may claim superiority," said 
Peter, " it is, that I have been able to govern the 
clergy, instead of being governed by them, as 
was my brother Louis." 

908. — Lord Yarmouth (now Marquis of 
Hertford) visiting Spain, was shown the Escu- 
rial, and the superb convent of monks of the 
order of St. Hierom. The superior, who con- 
ducted him, related, among other particulars, 
that this vast structure had been built by Philip 
the Second, to fulfil a vow he had made on the eve 
of the battle of St. Quintin. His lordship, ad- 
miring the immense extent of the edifice, ob- 
served, " When the monarch made such a vow, 
he must have been terribly frightened." 

909. — The Duke de Roqueeaure meeting 
a very ugly country-gentleman at court, who had 
a suit to offer, presented it to the king, and 
urged his request, saying, he was under the 
greatest obligation to the suitor. The king 
asked what were these great obligations ? " Ah, 
Sire, were it not for him, I should be the ugliest 
man in your Majesty's dominions!" 

910. — George the First was once present at 
a masked ball, where he fell into conversation 
with a lady likewise masked, and with whom he 
was unacquainted. The lady proposed to his 
majesty to go to the sideboard to refresh them- 
selves; the king consented. They were served 
with wine : — " To the health of the Pretender," 
said the lady. " With all my heart," replied the 






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generous Monarch ; " I drink willingly to the 
health of all unfortunate princes!" 

911. — When Buonaparte, then First Con- 
sul for life, wished to take the title of Emperor, 
his brother Lucien opposed himself to the proj- 
ect with all his power — " Your ambition knows 
no bounds," exclaimed he ; " you are master of 
France, you wish to be master of all Europe. 
Do you know what the result will be? You wiSj 
be smashed to pieces like this watch," — flinging 
his watch violently on the floor. 

912. — At a Dinner Party at the Duke of 
Ormond's, in 1715, Sir William Wyndham, in a 
jocular dispute about short prayers, told the 
company, among whom was Bishop Atterbury, 
that the shortest prayer he had ever heard 
was that of a common soldier just before the 
battle of Blenheim : — " O God, if there be a God, 
save my soul, if I have a soul." This was fol- 
lowed by a general laugh. Atterbury seemed to 
join in the conversation, and applying himself 
to Sir William Wyndham, said, " Your prayer, 
Sir William, is indeed very short ; but I remember 
another as short, but much better, offered up 
likewise by a poor soldier in the same circum- 
stances — " O God, if in the day of battle I for- 
get thee, do not thou forget me!" 

913. — Lord Albemarle being at Aix-la- 
Chapelle, wished not to be known, and desired 
his Negro servant, in case he should be asked 
about him, to say that his master was a French- 
man. The Negro was at last questioned on that 



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head, and answered, " My master is a French- 
man, and so am I." 

914i. — One of Cromwell's Grand-daugh- 
ters was remarkable for her vivacity and hu- 
mour. One summer, being in company at Tun 
bridge Wells, a gentleman having taken great 
offence at some sarcastic observation she made, 
intending to insult her, said, " You need not 
give yourself such airs, madam; you know } T our 
grandfather was hanged." — To which she in- 
stantly replied, " But not till he was dead." 

915. — Bautru, a celebrated French wit, being 
in Spain, went to visit the famous librarv of the 
Escurial, where he found a very ignorant librar- 
ian. The king of Spain interrogated him re- 
specting it. " J Tis an admirable one, indeed," 
said he ; " but your majesty should give the man 
who has the care of it the administration of your 
finances." — "Wherefore?" asked the king. 
" Because," replied Bautru, " the man never 
touches the treasure that is confided to him." 

916. — A Certain Witty Physician, but 
whose humour occasionally verged on buffoon- 
ery, was to dine one day at the table of the Elec- 
tor of . This prince, anxious to divert him- 
self by embarrassing the doctor, ordered that no 
spoon should be given him ; soup was served up, 
and the Elector invited him to partake of it, 
which he declined as well as he could ; but the 
prince, in order to deprive him of all pretext, 
said : " Eh ! a rogue that won't cat soup ! " — 
At this threat, the doctor took up a roll, hoi- 



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lowed it by taking out the crumb, stuck it on the 
end of a fork, and used it as a spoon ! — The 
guests looked at each other, the prince acknowl- 
edged himself beaten, and the doctor's imagina- 
tion diverted every one. 

917. — King James I., made a progress to 
Chester in 1617, and was attended by a great 
number of the Welsh, who came out of curiosity 
to see him. The weather was very warm, the 
roads dusty, and the king almost suffocated. He 
did not know how to get civilly rid of them, when 
one of his attendants, putting his head out of the 
coach, said, " It is his majesty's wish, that those 
who are the best gentlemen shall ride forwards," 
Away scampered the Welsh gentry at full gal- 
lop : one, however, was left behind — " And so," 
said the king to him, " you are not a gentleman, 
then? " — " Oh yes, and please your majesty, hur 
is as goot a gentleman as the rest ; but hur horse, 
Cot help hur, is not so goot." 

918. — The employment of Bonaparte's con- 
fidential secretaries w T as, of all kinds of slavery, 
the least supportable. Day and night it was 
necessary to be on the spot. Sleep, meals, health, 
fatigue, nothing was regarded. A minute's ab- 
sence would have been a crime. Friends, pleas- 
ures, public amusements, promenades, rest, all 
must be given up. The Baron de Maineval, and 
the Baron Fain, knew this by hard experience ; 
but at the same time they enjoyed his boundless 
confidence, the most implicit reliance on their dis- 
cretion, and a truly royal liberality; they both 



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deserved his confidence. One day at two o'clock 
the Emperor went out to hunt : " He will prob- 
ably, as usual, be absent four hours," Maineval 
calculates : it is his father's jour-de-fete : he may 
surely venture to leave the palace for a short 
time. He has bought a little villa, and is desir 
ous to present it to his beloved father, and to 
give him the title-deeds. He sets out, the whole 
family is collected, he is warmly greeted, they 
see him so seldom ! The present is given, the 
joy increases, dinner is ready, and he is pressed 
to stop : he refuses, " The Emperor may return 
and ask for me." — " Oh, he won't be angry — 
you are never away." The entreaties redouble : 
at last he yields, and time flies swiftly when we 
are surrounded by those we love. In the mean- 
time the Emperor returns, even sooner than 
usual. He enters his cabinet. — " Maineval ! let 
him be called." They seek him in vain. Na- 
polean grows impatient — " Well, Maineval ! " — 
They fear to tell him that he is absent, but at last 
it is impossible to conceal it. At length Maine- 
val returns. — " The Emperor has inquired for 
you ; he is angry." — " All is lost ! " said Maine- 
val to himself. He makes up his mind, however, 
and presents himself: his reception was terrible. 
— " Where do you come from? go about your 
business ! " exclaimed Napoleon : " I do not want 
men who neglect their duty." Maineval, trem- 
bling, retires; he did not sleep all night; he saw 
his hopes deceived, his services lost, his fortune 
missed — it was a dreadful night. Day at length 



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came ; he reflected " He did not give me a formal 
dismission." — He dressed himself, and at the 
usual hour went to the Emperor's cabinet. Some 
minutes after Napoleon enters, looks at him with- 
out speaking, writes a note, rises, and walks 
about. Maincval continues the task he has in 
hand without lifting up his eyes. Napoleon, 
with his hands behind his back, stops before him, 
and abruptly asks — " What ails you? — Are you 
ill?" — "No, Sire," timidly replies Maineval, 
rising up to answer. — " Sit down, you are ill ; 
I don't like people to tell me falsehoods ; I in- 
sist on knowing." — " Sire, the fear of having 
forfeited the kindness of your majesty deprived 
me of sleep." — " Where were you then yester- 
day ? " — Maineval told him the motive of his 
absence — " I thought this little property would 
gratify my father." — " And where did you 
get the money to buy this house? " — " Sire, 
I had saved it out of the salary your majesty 
condescends to assign me." — Napoleon, after 
having looked on him steadily for a few minutes, 
said, " Take a slip of paper and write, ' The 
treasurer of my civil list will pay the bearer the 
sum of eighty thousand francs.' " — He took the 
draft and signed it. — " There, put that in your 
pocket, and now let us set about our regular 
business." 

919. — Sir Henry Sidney was the virtuous 
and brave father of a still more renowned son, 
Sir Philip Sidney. He once said to a friend of a 
fretful and querulous temper, with all the sen- 



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tentiousness and wisdom of the philosophers of 
old, " Take from me, Sir, this maxim : a weak 
man complains of others, an unfortunate man 
complains of himself, but a wise man complains 
neither of others nor of himself." 

920. — Zimmerman, who was very eminent as 
a physician, went from Hanover to attend Fred- 
erick the Great in his last illness. One day the 
king said to him, " You have, I presume, Sir, 
helped many a man into another world? " This 
was rather a bitter pill for the doctor; but the 
dose he gave the king in return was a judicious 
mixture of truth and flattery : " Not so many as 
your majesty, nor with so much honour to my- 
self." 

921. — A Spanish Ambassador one day en- 
tered rather unexpectedly into a room in which 
Henry IV. was discovered on all-fours, with his 
little son upon his back. The king stopped, and 
looking earnestly at the ambassador, said to him, 
"Pray, Sir, have }^ou any children?" — "Yes, 
Sire, several." — " Well, then, I shall complete 
my round ; " and he immediately set off on hands 
and knees again, till both boy and father were 
tired with the sport. 

922. — Admiral Montague once addressed a 
wretched little chimney-sweeping boy, who had 
been sweeping his chimneys—" Suppose now I 
give you a shilling? " — " God bless your honour, 
and thank you ! " said the forlorn boy. " And 
what if I give you a fine tye-wig to wear on May- 
day, which is just at hand? " — " Ah, bless your 



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honour ! my master won't let me out on May-day 
— he says it's low life." 

923. — At a Grand Review by George III. 
of the Portsmouth fleet in 1789, there was a boy 
who mounted the shrouds with so much agility, 
as to surprise every spectator. The king par- 
ticularly noticed it, and said to Lord Lothian, 
" Lothian, I have heard much of your agility ; 
let us see you run up after that boy." — " Sire," 
replied Lord Lothian, " it is my duty to follow 
your majesty " 

924. — A French Ambassador at an audience 
with James I. conversed with such rapidity, ges- 
ticulation, and grimace, as excited the wonder 
and conversation of the court. James after- 
wards asked Lord Chancellor Bacon, what he 
thought of the ambassador. " Sire," replied the 
philosopher, " he appears a fine, tall, well-built 
man." — " I mean," interrupted the king, " what 
do you think of his head? Is it equal to his 
employ?" — "Sire," answered Bacon, "men of 
high stature very often resemble houses of four 
or five stories, where the upper one is always 
the worst furnished." 

925. — Frederick the Great rang one day, 
and nobody answered. He opened the door, and 
found the page sleeping on a sofa. About to 
wake him, he perceived the end of a billet out of 
his pocket, and had the curiosity to know the 
contents: Frederick carefully drew it out, and 
read it; it was a letter from the mother of the 
young man, who thanked him for having sent 



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her part of his wages, to assist her in her dis- 
tress ; and it concluded by beseeching God to 
bless him for his filial goodness. The king re- 
turned softly to his room, took a roller of ducats, 
and slid them, with the letter, into the page's 
pocket; and then returning to his apartment, 
rung so violently, that the page came running 
breathlessly to know what had happened. " You 
have slept well," said the king. The page made 
an apology, and, in his embarrassment, he hap- 
pened to put his hand into his pocket, and felt 
with astonishment the roller. He drew it out, 
turned pale, and looking at the king, burst into 
tears, without being able to speak a word. 
" What is the matter ? " said the king, " what 
ails you? " — " Ah, Sire," answered the youth, 
throwing himself at his feet, " somebody would 
wish to ruin me ; I know not how I came by this 
money in my pocket." — " My friend," said 
Frederick, " God often s°nds us good in our 
sleep. Send this to your mother. Salute her in 
my name, and assure her I shall take care of her 
and of you." 

926. — " Mademoiselle," said Louis XV. to 
a young lady belonging to his court, " I am as- 
sured that you are very learned, and understand 
four or five continental languages." — " I know 
only two, sire'," answered she, trembling. — 
"Which are they ? " — " English and Italian." 
— "Do you speak them fluently?" — Yes, sire, 
very fluently." — " That is quite enough to drive 
a husband mad ! " 



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927. — A Lady had a tame bird which she was 
in the habit of letting out of its cage every day. 
One morning as it was picking crumbs of bread 
off the carpet, her cat, who always before showed 
gnat kindness for the bird, seized it on a sudden, 
and jumped with it in her mouth upon a table. 
The lady was much alarmed for the fate of her 
favourite, but, on turning about, instantly dis- 
cerned the cause. The door had been left open, 
and a strange cat had just come into the room! 
After turning it out, her own cat came down 
from her place of safety, and dropped the bird 
without doing it the smallest injury. 

928. — In the Year 1765, one Carr, a water- 
man, having laid a wager that he and his dog 
would both leap from the centre arch of West- 
minster bridge, and land at Lambeth within a 
minute of each other; he jumped off first, and 
the dog immediately followed; but not being in 
the secret, and fearing his master should be 
drowned, the dog laid hold of him by the neck, 
and dragged him on shore to the no small diver- 
sion of the spectators. 

929. — The Laird of M'N b was writing 

to one of his Dulcineas from an Edinburgh 
coffee-house, when a gentleman of his acquaint- 
ance observed that he was setting at defiance the 
laws of orthography and grammar. " D — n 
your blood ! " exclaimed the Highland chieftain, 
" how can a man write grammar with a pen like 
this?" 

930. — Shexstone was one day walking 



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through his romantic retreat in company with 
his Delia (her real name was Wilmot) when a 
man rushed out of a thicket, and presenting a 
pistol to his breast, demanded his money. Shen- 
stone was surprised, and Delia fainted. 
" Money," said the robfeer, " is not worth strug- 
gling for; you cannot be poorer than I am." — 
" Unhappy man ! " exclaimed Shenstone, throw- 
ing his purse to him, " take it and fly as quick as 
possible." The man did so, threw his pistol in 
the water, and instantly disappeared. Shen- 
stone ordered his foot-boy to follow the robber, 
and observe where he went. In two hours the 
boy returned, and informed his master that he 
followed him to Halesowen, where he lived ; that 
he went to the door of his house, and peeping 
through the key-hole, saw the man throw the 
purse on the ground, and say to his wife, " Take 
the dear-bought price of my honesty ; " then 
taking two of his children, one on each knee, he 
said to them, " I have ruined my soul to keep you 
from starving ; " and immediately burst into a 
flood of tears. Shenstone, on hearing this, lost 
no time in inquiring the man's character, and 
found that he was a labourer oppressed by want, 
and a numerous family ; but had the reputation 
of being honest and industrious. Shenstone 
went to his house ; the poor man fell at his feet, 
and implored mercy. The poet took him home 
with him, and provided him with employment. 
931. — George III. in his walks about his 
farms, was often alone, and many pleasant little 



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incidents occurred on meeting with rustics, to 
whom he was sometimes unknown. One day he 
had to pass through a narrow hedge-gate, on 
which sat a young clown, who showed no readi- 
ness in moving. " Who are you, boy ? " said 
the king. "I be a pig boy," answered he. 
" Where do you come from? Who do you work 
for here ? " — " I be from the low country ; out 
of work at present." — " Don't they want lads 
here? " said the king. " I doan't know," re- 
joined the boy, " all belongs hereabouts to 
Georgy." — " Pray," said his Majesty, " who is 
Georgy f " — " lie be the king, and lives at the 
Castle, but he does no good for me." His Maj- 
esty, immediately gave orders at his farm hard 
by, to have the boy employed ; and when he saw 
him, told him to be a steady lad, and " Georgy " 
might do some good for him. 

932. — In one of the excursions of George III. 
during the hay harvest in the neighbourhood of 
Weymouth, he passed a field where only one 
woman was at work. His Majesty asked her 
where the rest of her companions were? The 
woman answered, they are gone to see the king. 
" And why did you not go with them? " rejoined 
his Majesty. " I would not give a pin to see 
him," replied the woman ; " besides, the fools 
that have gone to town will lose a day's work 
by it, and that is more than I can afford to do. 
I have five children to work for," &c. " Well, 
then," said his Majesty, putting some money 
into her hands, " you may tell your companions 



54 JOE MILLER 



who are gone to see the king, that the king came 
to see you." 

933. — In the Famous Trial of the Dean of 
Asaph, Mr. Erskine put a question to the jury, 
relative to the meaning of their verdict. Mr. 
Justice Buller objected to its propriety. The 
counsel reiterated his question, and demanded an 
answer. The judge again interposed his au- 
thority in these emphatic words: "Sit down, 
Mr. Erskine ; know your duty, or I shall be 
obliged to make you know it." Mr. Erskine 
with equal warmth replied, " I know my duty as 
well as your lordship knows your duty. I stand 
here as the advocate of a fellow-citizen, and I 
will not sit down." The judge was silent, and 
the advocate persisted in his question. 

934. — Admiral Lord Howe, when a captain, 
was once hastily awakened in the middle of the 
night by the lieutenant of the watch, who in- 
formed him with great agitation that the ship 
was on fire near the magazine. " If that be the 
case," said he, rising leisurely to put on his 
clothes, " we shall soon know it." The lieutenant 
flew back to the scene of danger, and almost in- 
stantly returning, exclaimed, " You need not, 
Sir, be afraid, the fire is extinguished." — 
" Afraid," exclaimed Howe, " what do you 
mean by that, Sir? I never was afraid in my 
life ; " and looking the lieutenant full in the face, 
he added, " Pray, how does a man feel, Sir, when 
he is afraid? I need not ask how he looks." 

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the French fleet, on the 1st of June, 1794, the 
Marlborough, by intrepidly breaking the en- 
emy's line, became totally dismasted, and in that 
situation dropped with her stern on the bows of 
a French eighty-four, whose bowsprit came over 
the Marlborough's poop. The Frenchmen were 
preparing to board, though with evident reluc- 
tance, when an English sailor of the name of 
Appleford, to be beforehand with them, mounted 
their bowsprit, and with his cutlass boldly leaped 
upon their forecastle, which he not only took 
possession of, but forced his adversaries to fly 
for safety to the waist of the ship. A French 
officer, observing the uncommon behaviour of the 
British tar, rushed from the quarter-deck, to re- 
proach so many of his men for running away 
from one; and to convince them of his own 
honour, instantly made an attack upon Apple- 
ford, who, however, was fortunate enough to con- 
quer him. His situation by this time becoming 
extremely dangerous, he thought it best to effect 
his retreat, as he was not at that time assisted 
on the spot by any of his countrymen ; with this 
intention he again mounted the bowsprit, and 
by courageously springing from it, reached the 
poop-deck of his o*vn ship at the moment when 
the vessels were drifting from each other. — 
During the confusion of the battle, the Marl- 
borough was taken by several English ships for 
a Frenchman, more particularly so, as the whole 
of her colours had been shot away, but one white 
ensign which was then hoisted. This circum- 



56 JOE MILLER 

stance occasioned much destruction from the fire 
of those ships which fell into the mistake. At 
length the solitary ensign was also shot away ; 
and by this circumstance, the honour of Old 
England for a moment appeared to suffer. 
From the impossibility of replacing the colours, 
it seemed as if the ship had struck to the French, 
an idea which operated so strongly on the mind 
of Appleford, that he loudly exclaimed, " The 
English colours shall never be dous'd where I 
am ! " Then casting his eyes round the deck, 
he perceived the dead body of a marine, who had 
been shot through the head ; he instantly stripped 
off his red coat, stuck it on a boarding pike, and 
exalted it in the air, swearing that the English- 
men would not desert their colours, and that when 
all the red coats were gone, they would hoist 
blue jackets. The singularity of such conduct 
infused fresh spirit into the hardy sons of Nep- 
tune, and they bravely fought till the glorious 
moment when the terrific struggle ended in vic- 
tory. 

936. — When Rochelle was Besieged by 
the Royalist armies in 1627, the inhabitants 
elected for their Mayor, Captain, and Governor, 
Jean Guiton. This brave man at first modestly 
refused the office ; but being pressed by all his 
fellow townsmen, he took up a poignard and 
said, " I will be mayor since you wish it, but on 
on the condition that I may be permitted to strike 
this poignard to the heart of the first who speaks 
of surrendering. I consent that you shall do 



JOE MILLER 57 

the same to me, if I mention capitulating; and 
1 demand that this poignard lie always read} 7 
on the table, when we assemble in the Town 
House." Cardinal de Richelieu, who conducted 
tlic operations of the siege, had raised a mole 
before the gate of the city, which shut up the 
entrance, and prevented provisions from reach- 
ing it. Someone saying to Guiton that many 
of the people had perished of hunger, and that 
death would soon sweep away all the inhabitants : 
" Well," said he coolly, " it will be sufficient if 
one remains to shut the gates." 

957. — The Spirit of Litigation was, per- 
haps, never carried to a greater extent, than in 
the cause between two eminent potters of Hand- 
ley Green, Staffordshire, for a sum of two 
pounds, nine shillings, and one penny. After 
being in chancery eleven years, from 1749 to 
1760, it was put an end to by John Morton 
and Randle Wilbraham, Esquires, to whom it 
was referred; when they determined that the 
complainant filed his bill without any cause, and 
that he was indebted to the defendant at the 
same time the sum for which he had brought this 
action. This they awarded him to pay, with a 
thousand guineas of costs ! 

938. — The Longest Suit on record in Eng- 
land, is one which existed between the heirs of 
Sir Thomas Talbot, Viscount Lisle, and the heir.s 
of a Lord Berkeley, respecting some property in 
the county of Gloucester, not far from Wotton- 
under-Edge. It began at the end of the reign 



58 JOE MILLER 

of Edward the Fourth, and was pending until 
the beginning of that of James the First, when 
it was finally compounded, being a period of not 
less than one hundred and twenty years ! 

939. — " I Have always remarked," says the 
celebrated traveller Ledyard, " that women in all 
countries are civil, obliging, tender, and hu- 
mane. To a woman, whether civilized or savage, 
I never addressed myself in the language of de- 
„»cency and friendship, without receiving a decent 
and friendly answer. With man, it has often 
been otherwise. In wandering over the barren 
plains of inhospitable Denmark; through honest 
Sweden, and frozen Lapland : rude and churlish 
Finland ; unprincipled Russia ; and the wide- 
spread regions of the wandering Tartar, if hun- 
gry, dry, cold, wet, or sick, the women have ever 
been friendly to me, and uniformly so ; and to 
add to this virtue (so worthy the appellation of 
bnevolence), these actions have been performed 
in so free and kind a manner, that if I was dry, 
I drank the sweetest draught; and if hungry I 
ate the coarsest morsel with a double relish." 

940. — When Admiral Cornwallis com- 
manded the Canada, a mutiny broke out in the 
ship, on account of some accidental delay in the 
clerks paying some of the crew, in consequence 
of which they signed what is termed a round 
rcbin, wherein they declared, to a man, that they 
would not fire a gun till they were paid. Cap- 
tain Cornwallis, on receiving; this declaration, 
caused all hands to be called upon deck, and thus 



JOE MILLER 59 

addressed them : " My lads, the money cannot 
be paid till we return to port, and as to your no': 
fighting, that is mere nonsense: — I'll clap you 
alongside the first large ship of the enemy I sec, 
and i know that the devil himself will not be able 
to keep you from it." The tars were so pleased 
with this compliment that they returned to their 
duty, better satisfied than if they had been paid 
the money ten times over. 

941. — The late Earl of Pembroke, who 
had many good qualities, but always persisted 
inflexibly in his own opinion, which, as well as 
his conduct, was very often singular, thought of 
an expedient to prevent the exhortations and im- 
portunities of those about him. This was to 
feign himself deaf; and under pretence of hear- 
ing very imperfectly, he would always form his 
answer not by what was really said to him, but 
by what he desired to have said. Among other 
servants was one who had lived with him from 
a child, and served him with great fidelity and 
affection, till at length he became his coachman. 
This man by degrees got a habit of drinking, 
for which his lady often desired that he might 
be dismissed. My lord always answered, " Yes, 
indeed, John is an excellent servant." — " I say," 
replied the lady, " that he is continually drunk, 
and desire that he may be turned off." — " Aye," 
said his lordship, " he has lived with me from a 
child, and, as you say, a trifle of wages should 
not part us." John, however, one evening, as he 
was driving from Kensington, overturned his 



60 JOE MILLER 

lady in Hyde Park ; she was not much hurt, but 
when she came home, she began to rattle the earl. 
" Here," says she, " is that beast John, so drunk 
that he can scarcely stand ; he has overturned 
the coach, and if he is not discharged, may break 
our necks." — " Aye," says my lord, " is poor 
John sick? Alas, I am sorry for him." — " I 
am complaining," says my lady, " that he is 
drunk, and has overturned me." — " Aye," an- 
swered his lordship, " to be sure he has behaved 
very well, and shall have proper advice." My 
lady, finding it hopeless to remonstrate, went 
aA\ ay in a pet ; and my lord having ordered John 
into his presence, addressed him very coolly in 
these words : " John, you know I have a regard 
for you, and as long as you behave well you shall 
be taken care of in my family : my lady tells me 
you are taken ill, and indeed I see that you can 
hardly stand ; go to bed, and I will take care 
that you have proper advice." John, being thus 
dismissed, was taken to bed, where, by his lord- 
ships's order, a large blister was put upon his 
head, another between his shoulders, and sixteen 
ounces of blood taken from his arm. John 
found himself next morning in a woful plight, 
and was soon acquainted with the w r hole process, 
and the reason upon which it was commenced. 
He had no remedy, however, but to submit, for 
he would rather have incurred as many more 
blisters than lose 1 lis place. My lord sent very 
formally twice a day to know how lie was, mid 
frequently congratulated my lady upon John's 



JOE MILLER 61 

recovery, whom he directed to be fed only with 
water-gruel, and to have no company but an old 
nurse. In about a week, John having constantly 
sent word that he was well, my lord thought fit 
to understand the messenger, and said, " that he 
was extremely glad to hear that the fever had 
left him, and desired to see him." When John 
came in, " Well, John," says he, " I hope this 
bout is over." — " Ah, my lord," says John, " I 
humbly ask your lordship's pardon, and I prom- 
ise never to commit the same fault again." — 
" A}'e, aye," says my lord, " you arc right, no- 
body can prevent sickness, and if you should be 
sick again, John, I shall sec it, though perhaps 
you should not complain, and I promise you 
shall always have the same advice, and the same 
attendance that you have had now." — " God 
bless your lordship," says John, " I hope there 
will be no need." — " So do I, too," said his lord- 
ship, " but as long as you do your duty to me, 
never fear, I shall do mine to you." 

942. — When that great statesman, Lord 
Chatham, had settled a plan for some sea expedi- 
tion he had in view, he sent orders to Lord Anson 
to sec the necessary arrangements taken imme- 
diately, and the number of ships required, prop- 
erly fitted out by a given time. On the receipt 
of the orders, Mr. Cleveland was sent from the 
Admiralty to remonstrate on the impossibility of 
obeying them. He found his lordship in the 
most excruciating pain, from one of the most 
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" Impossible, Sir," said he, " don't talk to me of 
impossibilities : " and then raising himself upon 
his legs, while the sweat stood in large drops upon 
his forehead, and every fibre of his body was con- 
vulsed with agony. " Go, Sir, and tell his lord- 
ship, that he has to do with a minister who act- 
ually treads upon impossibilities." 

943. — Dr. Goldsmith, sitting one evening 
at the tavern where he was accustomed to take 
his supper, called for a mutton chop, which was 
no sooner placed on the table, than a gentleman 
near him, with whom he was intimately ac- 
quainted, showed great tokens of uneasiness, and 
wondered how the Doctor could suffer the waiter 
to place such a stinking chop before him. 
" Stinking! " said Goldsmith, " in good troth I 
do not smell it." — " I never smelled anything so 
unpleasant in my life," answered the gentleman ; 
" the fellow deserves a caning for bringing you 
meat unfit to eat." — " In good troth," said the 
poet, relying on his judgment, " I think so too; 
but I will be less severe in my punishment." He 
instantly called the waiter, and insisted that he 
should eat the chop as a punishment. The 
waiter resisted ; but the Doctor threatened to 
knock him down with his cane if he did not im- 
mediately comply. When he had eaten half th^ 
chop, the Doctor gave him a glass of wine, think- 
ing that it would make the remainder of the sen- 
tence less painful to him. When the waiter had 
finished his repast, Goldsmith's friend burst into 
a loud laugh. " What ails you now? " said the 



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63 



poet. — " Indeed, my good friend," said the 
other, " I could never think that a man whose 
knowledge of letters is so extensive as yours, 
could be so great a dupe to a stroke of humour ; 
the chop was as fine a one as ever I saw in my 
life."—" Was it? " said Dr. Goldsmith, " then I 
will never give credit to what you say again ; 
and so, in good troth, I think I am even with 
you." What a truly mortifying answer must 
this have been, if the heart of his acquaintance 
was not callous to reproof. 

944. — A Loving Husband once waited on a 
physician to request him to prescribe for his 
wife's eyes, which were very sore. " Let her 
wash them," said the doctor, " every morning 
with a small glass of brandy." A few weeks 
after, the doctor chanced to meet the husband. — 
" Well, my friend, has your wife followed my 
advice? " — " She has done everything in her 
power to do it, doctor," said the spouse, " but she 
never could get the glass higher than her 
mouth." 

945. — After the Battee of Culloden, in 
the year 1745, a reward of thirty thousand 
pounds was offered to any one who should dis- 
cover or deliver up the young Pretender. He 
had taken refuge with the Kennedies, two com- 
mon thieves, who protected him with the great- 
est fidelity, robbed for his support, and often 
went in disguise to Inverness to purchase pro- 
visions for him. A considerable time after- 
wards, one of these men, who had resisted the 




64 JOE MILLER 

temptation of thirty thousand pounds from a 
regard to his honour, was hanged for stealing 
a cow of the value of thirty shillings. 

946. — When George I. succeeded to the 
throne of England, he brought over with him 
from Hanover his cook, to whom he was ex- 
tremely partial. After some stay at St. James's, 
the cook grew melancholy, and wanted leave to 
return home to Hanover. The king being in- 
formed of this, desired to see him ; and when the 
cook came into his presence, he asked him why 
he wished to leave his service. The cook replied : 
" I have long lerved your majesty with diligence 
and honesty, and never suffered any of your 
property to be embezzled in your kitchen; but 
here the dishes no sooner come from the table 
than one steals a fowl, another a pig, a third 
takes a joint of meat, a fourth a pie, and so on, 
till the whole is gone ; and I cannot bear to see 
your majesty so injured." The king laughed 
heartily, and said, " My revenues here are suffi- 
cient to enable me to bear these things, and there- 
fore, to reconcile you to your place, do you steal 
as well as the rest, and mind that you take 
enough." The ccok followed his master's ad- 
vice, and in a short time became more expert than 
his fellow-servants. 

947. — John Hoene Tooke's opinion upon 
the subject of law was admirable. " Law," he 
said, " ought to be, not a luxury for the rich, 
but a remedy, to be easily, cheaply, and speedily 
obtained by the poor." A person observed to 



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him, how excellent are the English laws, because 
they are impartial, and our courts of justice are 
open to all persons without distinction. " And 
so," said Tooke, " is the London Tavern, to such 
as can afford to pay for their entertainment." 

943. — General Wolfe invited a Scotch offi- 
cer to dine with him : the same day he was also 
invited by some brother officers. " You must 
excuse me," said he to them : " I am already en- 
gaged to Wolfe." — A smart young ensign ob- 
served, he might as well have expressed himself 
with more respect, and said General Wolfe. — 
" Sir," said the Scotch officer, with great 
promptitude, " we never say General Alexander, 
or General Caesar." Wolfe, who was within 
hearing, by a low bow to the Scotch officer, 
acknowledged the pleasure he felt at the high 
compliment. 

949. — While Commodore Anson's Ship, the 
Centurion, was engaged in close fight with the 
rich Spanish galleon, which he afterwards took, 
a sailor came running to him, and cried out, 
" Sir, our ship is on fire very near the powder 
magazine." — " Then pray, friend," said the 
commodore, not in the least degree discomposed, 
" run back and assist in putting it out." 

950. — " Madam," said the keeper at the gate 
of Kensington Gardens, " I cannot permit you 
to take your dog into the garden." — " Don't 
you see, my good friend," said the lady, putting 
a couple of shillings into the keeper's hand, 
" that it is a cat, and not a dog? " — " Madam," 



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said the keeper, instantly softening the tone of 
his voice, " I beg your pardon for my mistake ; 
I now see clearly, by the aid of the pair of spec- 
tacles you have been so good as to give me, that 
it is a cat, and not a dog." 

951. — The Americans are so inquisitive, that 
Dr. Franklin tells us, when he travelled in Amer- 
ica, and wished to ask his road, he found it neces- 
sary to save time by prefacing his question with 
— " My name is Benjamin Franklin — I am by 
trade a printer; I am come from such a place, 
and am going to such a place ; and now tell me 
which is my road." 

952. — Eewes, the noted miser, used to say, 
" if you keep one servant, your work is done ; if 
you keep two, it is half done; and if you keep 
three, you may do it yourself." 

953. — The Expression of Garrick's Eyes, 
and the flexibility of his features, are well known 
to have given him the most extraordinary advan- 
tages in the representation of various characters. 
He sometimes availed himself of these natural 
assistances, to produce a ludicrous scene among 
his friends. He frequently visited Mr. Rigby, 
of Misley Thorn, in Essex. Mr. Rigby one day 
inquired of his servant, what company was ar- 
rived. The servant sa : d, Lord M was come, 

and had brought with him a short gentleman 
with very bright eyes, meaning Mr. Garrick. 
" Why have I not the pleasure of seeing them 
here? " said Mr. Rigby. — " I don't know," said 
the servant, " how long it will be before my lord 



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can make his appearance; for the case is rliis : 
the barber came to shave his lordship; and 
just as he had shaved half his lordship's face, 
the short gentleman with the bright eyes began 
to read the newspaper to him ; but he read it 
in such a droll way, and made so many odd faces, 
that my lord laughed, and the barber laughed, 
and when I went into the room I could not help 
laughing too ; so that, Sir, if you don't send for 
the short gentleman, his lordship must appear 
at dinner with one side of his face smooth, and 
the other with a beard of two days' growth." 

954. — Dr. Johnson insisted upon the neces- 
sity of the subordination of rank in society. 
" Sir," said he to Mr. Boswell, " there is one Mrs. 
Macauley in this town, a great republican. One 
day, when I was at her house, I put on a very 
grave countenance, and said, ' Madam, I am be- 
come a convert to your system. To give you 
a decisive proof I am in earnest, here is a very 
sensible, well-behaved fellow-citizen, your foot- 
man, I desire that he may be allowed to sit down 
and dine with us.' She has never liked me since 
this proposal. Your levellers wish to level down 
as far as themselves, but they cannot bear level- 
ling up to themselves." 

955. — As Charles XII. of Sweden was dic- 
tating a letter to his secretary during the siege 
of Stralsund, a bomb fell through the roof into 
the next room in the house where they were sit- 
ting. The terrified secretary let the pen drop 
from his hand. " What is the matter? " said 



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Charles, calmly. The secretary replied, " Ah, 
sire, the bomb ! " — " But what has the bomb to 
do," said Charles, " with what I am dictating to 
3 T ou? — go on." 

956. — A Fellow, walking down Holborn- 
hill on a sultry summer evening, observed an old 
gentleman, without his hat, panting and leaning 
upon a post, and courteously asked him what 
was the matter? " Sir," says the old man, " an 
impudent puppy has just snatched my hat off, 
and run away with it : I have run after him until 
I have quite lost my breath, and cannot, if my 
life depended on it, go a step farther." — " What, 
not a step? " said the fellow. " Not a step," 
returned he. " Why, then, by Jupiter, I must 
have your wig; " and snatching off his fine flow- 
ing caxon, the thief was out of sight with it in 
a minute. 

957. — A Gentleman crossing a very narrow 
bridge, which was not railed on either side to 
secure passengers from falling, said to a coun- 
tryman whom he met, " Methinks this narrow 
causeway must be very dangerous, honest friend ! 
pray are not people lost here sometimes? " — 
" Lost ! — no, Sir," replied the man ; " I never 
knew anybody lost here in my life ; there have 
been several drowned indeed, but they were 
always found again." 

958. — The Earl of P kept a number of 

swine at his seat in Wiltshire, and crossing the 
j^ard one day he was surprised to see the pigs 
gathered round one trough, and making a great 



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noise. Curiosity prompted him to sec what was 
the cause, and on looking into the trough he per- 
ceived a large silver spoon. Just at this crisis 
a servant maid came out, and began to abuse 
the pigs for crying so. " Well they may," said 
his lordship, " when they have got but one silver 
spoon among them all." 

959. — Dr. John Taylor, the learned critic 
and philologist, though a close student, was of a 
temper remarkably social, and possessed talents 
fitted to adorn and gladden society. An intimate 
friend and fellow-collegian of the doctor informs 
us, " If you called on him in the college after 
dinner, you were sure to find him sitting at an 
old oval walnut-table covered with books : yet 
when you began to make apologies for disturbing 
a person so well employed, he immediately told 
you to advance, and called out, ' John, John, 
bring pipes and glasses,' and instantly appeared 
as cheerful and good-humoured, as if he had not 
been at all engaged or interrupted. Suppose 
now, you had staid as long as you would, and 
been entertained by him most agreeably, you 
took your leave, and got half way down the 
stairs ; but recollecting somewhat you had to say 
to him, you go in again ; the bottles and glasses 
were gone, the books had expanded themselves so 
as to re-occupy the whole table, and he was just 
as much buried in them as when you first came 
in." 

960. — Dr. Moncey was always strangely in- 
fatuated with fears of the public funds, a bug- 



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bear that drove him to risk his money on trouble- 
some securities, and ultimately produced heavy 
losses. He used to speak feelingly of a Welsh 
parson and a London attorney. The doctor was 
frequently anxious, in his absence from his apart- 
ment, for a place of safety in which to deposit 
his cash and notes ; bureaus and strong boxes, he 
was conscious, had often failed in security. Pre- 
vious to a journey to Norfolk to visit his brother 
and friends during the hot weather in July, he 
chose the fire-place of his sitting-room for his 
treasury, and placed bank-notes and cash to a 
considerable amount in that unusual situation, 
in one corner, under the cinders and shavings. 
On his return after a month's absence, he found 
his old woman (as he always called his house- 
keeper) preparing to treat a friend or two with 
a cup of tea; and by way of shewing respect to 
her guests, the parlour (or master's sitting- 
room) fire-place was chosen to make the kettle 
boil, as she never expected her master till she saw 
him. The fire had not long been lighted, when 
her master arrived at the critical moment. When 
the doctor entered the room the company had 
scarcely began tea. He ran across the room like 
a madman, saying, " Hang it, you have ruined 
me forever: you have burned all my bank- 
notes ! " — First went the contents of the slop- 
bason, then the tea-pot; then he rushed to the 
pump in the kitchen, and brought a pail of 
water, which he threw partly over the fire and 
partly over the company, who in the utmost con- 



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sternation, got out of his way as speedily as pos- 
sible. His housekeeper, afterwards Mrs. Mar- 
riot, cried out, " For God's sake, Sir, forbear : 
you will spoil the steel stove and fire irons." — 
" D — n the irons, you, your company and all ! 
(replied the doctor) you have burned my bank 
notes." — " Lord, Sir (said the half-drowned 
woman), who'd think of putting bank-notes in 
a bath stove, where a fire is ready laid? " — " And 
(resumed he) who'd think of making a fire in 
the summer time, where there has not been one 
for these several months? " He then pulled out 
all the coals and cinders, and at one corner he 
found the remains of his bank-notes, for being 
twice folded, one quarter of them so doubled, 
wrapt in brown paper, was entire, so as to be 
legible. Next day Dr. Moncey went to Lord 
Godolphin's, told his lordship the story, pro- 
ducing the remains of the notes, and with such 
energetic gestures in acting the part of finding 
them, as greatly diverted the noble lord. He 
told the doctor, however, that he would go with 
him to the Bank the next day, and get the cash 
for him, through his influence, and would be col- 
lateral security for the doctor's integrity and 
honesty as to their value. Lord Godolphin hav- 
ing occasion to see the king that day on business, 
told his majesty the story of Moncey and his 
bank-notes. Being well acquainted with the 
doctor's strange character, the king resolved to 
go to Lord Godolphin's next morning, and con- 
ceal himself in a closet. When Moncey came, it 



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was agreed, that Lord Godolphin should ask him 
to repeat the story, which upon his arrival, Lord 
Godolphin effected with much difficulty. His 
majesty was so highly diverted, that, in attempt- 
ing to stifle the mirth it excited, and to withdraw 
unperceived, he stumbled, and the closet door 
opened. The doctor was much chagrined with 
Lord Godolphin for running the laugh on him, 
and just broke out " G — d " when his ma- 
jesty appeared, and on seeing him, the doctor 
continued: "bless your majesty! this may be a 
joke with you and his lordship, but with me a 
loss of nearly four hundred pounds." — " No, 
no (replied Lord Godolphin), for I am ready to 
go with you immediate^, and get your notes re- 
newed, or the money for them." Lord Godolphin 
ordered his carriage, and agreed to meet the 
doctor at the room in the Bank, where some of 
the directors daily attend. The doctor being- 
obliged to go to the Horse Guards, on business, 
took water at Whitehall for the Bank. In going 
down the river his curiosity excited him to pull 
out his pocket-book, to see if the remains of his 
notes were safe ; when a sudden puff of wind blew 
them out of his pocket-book into the river. " Put 

back, you sons of b ! put back — (says the 

doctor) my bank-notes are overboard ! " He was 
instantly obeyed, and when they reached them, he 
took his hat and dipped it in the water, inclosing 
the notes and a hat-full of water. In this state 
he put it under his arm, and desired to be set on 
shore immediately. He was landed at the Three 






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Cranes, walked straight to the Bank, and was 
shewn into the room where Lord Godolphin had 
just before arrived, and had given notice of Dr. 
Mdncey's coming. — " What have you under your 
arm?" said Lord Godolphin: "The notes," re- 
plied the doctor, throwing his hat with the con- 
tents on the table, among all their books and 
papers ; and with such a force, as to scatter the 
water in the faces of all who were standing near 
it. " There (said the doctor) take the remain- 
der of your notes, for neither fire nor water will 
consume them ! " * 

961. — Dr. Radcliffe w r as remarkable for a 
sudden thought in extraordinary cases : he was 
once sent for into the country to a gentleman 
who was dangerously ill of a quinsey ; and the 
doctor soon perceived that no application, inter- 
nal or external, would be of any service ; upon 
which he desired the lady of the house to order 
the cook to make a large hasty-pudding; and 
when it was done, to let his own servant bring it 
up. While the cook was about it, he took his 
man aside, and instructed him what to do. In 
a short time the man brought up the pudding 
in great order, and set it on the table, in full 
view of the patient. " Come, John," said he, 
" you love hasty-pudding, eat some along with 
me, for I believe you came out without your 
breakfast." Both began w T ith their spoons, but 
John's spoon going twice to his master's once, 
the doctor took occasion to quarrel with him, and 
dabbed a spoonful of hot pudding in his face ; 



74 JOE MILLER 

John resented it, and threw another at his mas- 
ter. This put the doctor in a passion ; and, quit- 
ting his spoon, he took the pudding up by hand- 
fuls, and threw it at his man; who battled him 
again in the same manner, till they were both in 
a most woeful pickle. The patient, who had a 
full view of the skirmish, was so tickled at the 
fancy, that he burst into a laughter, which broke 
the quinsey, and cured him. The doctor and his 
man were well rewarded. 

962. — " Sitting Once in My Library," says 
Mr. Harris, " with a friend,* a worthy but mel- 
ancholy man, I read him out of a book the fol- 
lowing passage : ' In our time it may be spoken 
more truly than of old, that virtue is gone, the 
church is under foot, the clergy is in error, the 
devil reigneth.'' My friend interrupted me with 
a sigh, and said, 'Alas! how true! how just a 
picture of the times ! ' I asked him of what 
times ? ' Of what times ! ' replied he with emo- 
tion ; ' can you suppose any other but the pre- 
sent — were any before ever so corrupt, so bad ? ' 
— ' Forgive me,' said I, ' for stopping you ; 
the times I am reading of are older than you 
imagine ; the sentiment was delivered about four 
hundred years ago; its author was Sir John 
Mandeville, who died in 1371.' " 

963. — A Recruiting Serjeant addressing 
an honest country bumpkin in one of the streets 
in Manchester, with — " Come, my lad, thon'lt 
tight for thy king, won't thou? " — " Voight for 



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my king," answered Hodge, " why, has he fawn 
out wi' ony body ? " 

964. — After a Battle lately between two 
celebrated pugilists, an Irishman made his way 
to the chaise, where the one who had lost the 
battle had been conveyed, and said to him, " How 
are }^ou, my good fellow? can you sec at all with 
the eye that's knocked out? " 

965. — Dr. Pitcairn had one Sunday 
stumbled into a Presbyterian church, probably 
to beguile a few idle moments (for few will ac- 
cuse that gentleman of having been a warm ad- 
mirer of Calvinism), and seeing the parson ap- 
parently overwhelmed by the importance of his 
subject: — "What the devil makes the man 
greet? " said Pitcairn to a fellow that stood near 
him. " By my faith, Sir," answered the other, 
" you would perhaps greet too, if you were in 
his place, and had as little to say." — " Come 
along with me, friend, and let's have a glass to- 
gether; you are too good a fellow to be here," 
said Pitcairn, delighted with the man's repartee. 

966. — The Following Passage occurs in the 
Journal of the Rev. J. Wesley, under the date 
of Thursday, 27th of December, 1744.— " I 
called on the solicitor whom I had employed in 
the suit lately commenced against me in chan- 
cery. And here I first saw that foul monster, a 
chancery bill ! A scroll it was of forty-two pages 
in large folio, to tell a story which need not have 
taken up forty lines ! And stuffed with such 



76 JOE MILLER 

stupid, senseless, improbable lies (many of them 
too quite foreign to the question), as I believe 
would have cost the compiler his life, in any 
heathen court either of Greece or Rome. And 
this is equity in a Christian country ! This i 
the English method of redressing grievances.' 
967. — The Duke of Bridgewater was a 
very shy man and much disliked general society ; 
and was either denied to morning visitors, or con - 
trived to slip out of the way when any one called 
on him. The clergyman of the parish, Mr. Ken- 
yon, who had some particular business with him 
respecting the tithes of the parish, had often 
tried to gain admittance to him, but in vain, 
being always told that his grace was very busy, 
or was not at home. Determined, however, to 
have an interview with him, Mr. K. called at a 
very early hour in the morning, thinking he 
should be certain, by this plan, of finding the 
duke at home. But still he was disappointed, 
the servant giving the customary answer, that 
his grace was gone out. Mr. Kenyon, fully as- 
sured that this was not the case, and steady to 
his point, loitered about the house, that he might 
catch its noble owner when he quitted it. In a 
short time he perceived his grace slip out of a 
back door. Mr. Kenyon did not shew himself, 
lest the duke, seeing him, might slip in again, 
but kept liis eye upon him, till he saw him cross 
a field, and take the way to his navigation. He 
then walked hastily after the object of his pur- 
suit; not being able to conceal himself, was soon 



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discovered by the duke. His grace, perceiving 
that he must be overtaken, instantly took to his 
heels : Mr. Kcnyon did the same. They both ran 
stoutly for some time, till the duke, seeing he 
had the worst of the course, turned aside and 
jumped into a saw-pit. He was followed in a 
trice, into his place of refuge, by his pursuer, 
who immediately exclaimed, " Now, my lord 
duke, I have you." His grace burst into a fit 
of laughter, and the business of the tithe was 
quickly and amicably settled. 

968. — The Late Duke of N , who was 

what is called a six-bottle man, was very fond of 
the society of a person much his inferior in rank ; 
and their intimacy has been very rationally ac- 
counted for, on the principle of *mutual assist- 
ance. The duke, when inebriated, lost his voice, 
but retained the use of his limbs ; his friend, on 
the contrary, retained his power of speech, but 
could not stand. So the duke, who could not 
speak, rang the bell; and his friend, who could 
not move, ordered more wane. 

969. — Some time after the Eddystonc light- 
house was erected, a shoemaker engaged to be 
light-keeper. When in the boat which conveyed 
him thither, the skipper addressing him, said 
" How^ happens it, Jacob, that you should choose 
to go and be cooped up here as a light-keeper, 
when you can on shore, as I am told, earn half- 
a-crow T n and three shillings a day in making 
leathern hose (leathern pipes so called) : whereas 
the light-keeper's salary is but 25Z. a year, which 



78 JOE MILLER 

is scarce ten shillings a week? " — " Every one 
to his taste," replied Jacob, promptly. " I go 
to be a light-keeper, because I don't like con- 
finement." After this answer had produced its 
share of merriment, Jacob explained himself by 
saying, that he did not like to be confined to 
work. — At first there were only two light-keoDers 
stationed on this solitary pile ; but an incident of 
a very extraordinary and distressing nature, 
which occurred, shewed the necessity of an addi- 
tional hand. One of the two keepers took ill, 
and died. The dilemma in which this occurrence 
left the survivor, was singularly painful. Ap- 
prehensive that if he tumbled the dead body into 
the sea, which was the only way in his power to 
dispose of it, he might be charged with murder, 
he was induced for some time to let the dead 
body lie, in hopes that the attending boat might 
be able to land, and relieve him from the distress 
he was in. By degrees the body became so 
putrid, that it was not in his pow T er to get 
quit of it without help, for it w r as near a month 
before the boat could effect a landing ; and then 
it was not without the greatest difficulty that it 
could be done when they did land. To such a 
degree was the whole building filled with the 
stench of the corpse, that it w r as all they could 
do to get the dead body disposed of, and thrown 
into the sea ; and it was some time after that, be- 
fore the rooms could be freed from the offensive 
stench that w r as left. What a situation for the 
solitary survivor to have been left in ! what a 



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price did he pay for an innocent reputation ! 
The tale is a rival even to that of Mczcntius. 

970. — Me. Palmer going home, after the 
business of the theatre was concluded one even- 
ing, saw a man lying on the ground, with another 
on him beating him violently ; upon this he re- 
monstrated with the uppermost, telling him his 
conduct was unfair, and that he ought to let his 
opponent get up, and have an equal chance with 
him. The fellow drolly turned up his face to 
Mr. Palmer, and drily replied, " Faith, Sir, if 
you had been at as much trouble to get him down 
as I have, you would not be for letting him get 
up so readily." 

971. — A Sailor, who had been many years 
absent from his mother, who lived in an inland 
county, returned to his native village, after a 
variety of voyages to different parts of the 
globe, and was heartily welcomed by the good old 
woman, who had long considered him as lost. 
Soon after his arrival, the old lady became in- 
quisitive, and desirous to learn what strange 
things her son John had seen upon the mighty 
deep. Amongst a variety of things that Jack 
recollected, he mentioned his having frequently 
seen flying fish. " Stop, Johnny," said his 
mother, " don't try to impose such monstrous 
impossibilities on me, child; for, in good troth, 
I could as soon believe you had seen flying cows ; 
for cows, you know, John, can live out of the 
water. Therefore, tell me honestly what you 
have seen in reality, but no more falsehoods, 



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Johnny." — Jack felt himself affronted ; and 
turning his quid about, when pressed for more 
information, he said, prefacing it with an oath, 
" Mayhap, mother, you won't believe me, when 
I tell you, that casting anchor once in the Red 
Sea, it was with difficulty that we hove it up 
again ; which was occasioned, do you see, mother, 
by a large wheel hanging on one of the flukes of 
the anchor. It appeared a strange old Grecian 
to look at, so we hoisted it in ; and our captain, 
do ye mind me, being a scholar, overhauled him, 
and discovered it was one of Pharaoh's chariot 
wheels, when he was capsized in the Red Sea." 
This suited the meridian of the old lady's under- 
standing. " Ay, ay, Johnny," cried she, " I 
can believe this, for we read of this in the Bible ; 
but never talk to me again of flying fish." 

972. — During the Riots of 1780, most per- 
sons in London, in order to save their houses from 
being burnt or pulled down, wrote on their doors, 
" No Popery! " Old Grimaldi, to avoid all mis- 
takes, wrote on his, " No Religion! " 

973. — The following strange but well-at- 
tested occurrence, which actually took place 
lately in the neighbourhood of Taunton, will re- 
mind our readers of 

" Him who took the Doctor's bill, 
And swallowed it instead of the pill." 

A man-servant in the employ of the Rev. Dr. 
Palmer, of Yarcombe, being taken ill, the med- 
ical attendant of the family was sent for, who 



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prepared for the man a bolus from the family 
medicine-chest, and having wrapped up in paper 
the grain weights used in weighing out the 
proper proportions of the drugs, left them on 
the table, and near to them the bolus, which he 
desired one of the females of the house to carry 
to the man-servant, with instructions to take it 
immediately in treacle. Some hours afterwards 
his master came to inquire about the patient, and 
found him suffering under very uneasy symp- 
toms, which the man attributed to the strange 
kind of medicine the doctor had ordered for him, 
and which he said he " should never have got 
through with, had he. not cut it into smaller 
pieces," but " he thanked God, though it was 
rather rough and sharpish, he had got it all 
down." This account puzzled his master ex- 
ceedingly, who, however, soon discovered that the 
man had actually swallowed in treacle, a com- 
plete set of brass grain weights, instead of the 
bolus, which was found lying harmlessly on the 
table in his master's room. Proper remedies were 
immediately adopted for dislodging this uncom- 
mon dose from the man's stomach, who subse- 
quently recovered from his illness. 

974. — A Lady, who made pretentions to the 
most refined feelings, went to her butcher to re- 
monstrate with him on his cruel practices. 
" How," said she, " can you be so barbarous as 
to put innocent little lambs to death ? " — " Why 
not ! madam," said the butcher ; " you would not 
eat them alive, would you? " 



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975. — In the Great Dutch War, in the 
reign of Charles II., the English fleet and that of 
Holland fought in the channel for three days 
successively, engaged in the day, and lying-to 
at night ; but, just as they were preparing to re- 
new the action, advice came off that an armistice 
was concluded upon, and the hostile parties be- 
gan to exchange mutual civilities. On board a 
Dutch man of war, which lay alongside an Eng- 
lish first-rate, was a sailor so remarkably ac- 
tive, as to run to the mast-head, and stand up- 
right upon the truck, after which he would cut 
several capers, and conclude with standing upon 
his head, to the great astonishment and terror of 
the spectators. On coming down from this ex- 
ploit, all his countrymen expressed their joy by 
huzzaing, and thereby signifying their triumph 
over the English. One of our bold tars, piqued 
for the honour of his country, ran up to the top 
like a cat, and essa} r ed, with all his might, to 
throw up his heels like the Dutchman, but not 
having the skill, he missed his poise, and came 
down rather faster than he went up. The rig- 
ging, however, broke his fall, and he lighted on 
his feet unhurt. As soon as he had recovered his 
speech, he ran to the side and exultingly cried out 
to the Dutchman, " There, you lubber, do that 
if you can." 

976. — The following curious circumstance oc- 
curred a few years ago, at a country village near 
Horncastlc, in Lincolnshire. A boy, belonging 
to a chimney-sweeper at Louth, taking his usual 



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rounds in the country, called at a farm-house in 
the above village, late in the evening; but it not 
being convenient to employ him till the morning 
following, the farmer informed him he might, 
if he thought proper, sleep in his barn, which 
he very readily agreed to. He accordingly made 
himself a comfortable bed among the straw, and 
went to rest. Some time in the night, he was 
awakened by two men entering the barn with a 
lanthorn and candle, and each of them a sack ; 
he immediately supposing they were not about 
their lawful business, lay still to watch their mo- 
tions, when they began to consult how they might 
place the light till they had filled their sacks from 
the corn heap. Seeing they were at a loss how 
to proceed, he crept softly from his couch, and 
with an audible voice said, " Gentlemen, I'll hold 
the candle." Turning round suddenly they be- 
held the knight of the brush, in his sable dress, 
and supposing him to be a messenger from the 
infernal regions, threw down their sacks and 
lanthorn, and immediately decamped. 

977. — Some Time Ago, the Honourable Mr. 
Charles Fox, having an old gaming debt to pay 
to Sir John L., or rather, as he is familiarly 
styled, Sir John Jehu ; finding himself in cash, 
after a lucky run at the Pharo-Table, he sent a 
card of compliments to Sir John, desiring to see 
him, in order to discharge his demand. When 
they met, Charles immediately produced the 
money ; which Sir John no sooner saw than he 
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began to reckon up the interest. — " What are 
you doing now? " cried Charles. — " Only cal- 
culating what the interest amounts to ! " replied 
the other. — " Are you so? " returned Charles, 
coolly ; and, at the same time pocketing again 
the cash, which he had already thrown on the 
table — " Why, I thought, Sir John, that my 
debt to you was a debt of honour; but, as you 
seem to view it in another light, and mean seri- 
ously to make a trading debt of it, I must in- 
form you, that I make it an invariable rule, 
tto pay my Jew-creditors last. You must, there- 
fore, wait a little longer for your money, 
Sir: and, when I meet my money-lending 
Israelites, for the payment of principal and 
interest, I shall most certainly think of Sir John 
Jehu, and expect to have the honour of seeing 
him in the company of my worthy friends from 
Duke's Place ! " 

978. — When Patrick Henry, who gave the 
first impulse to the ball of the American revolu- 
tion, introduced his celebrated resolution on the 
stamp act into the House of Burgesses of Vir- 
ginia (May, 1765), he exclaimed, when descant- 
ing on the tyranny of the obnoxious act, " Cassar 
had his Brutus ; Charles the First his Cromwell ; 
and George the Third "— " Treason ! " cried the 
speaker ; " treason ! treason ! " echoed from 
every part of the house. It was one of those try- 
ing moments which are decisive of character. 
Henry faltered not for an instant ; but rising to 
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eye flashing with fire, continued, " may profit 
by their example. If this be treason, make the 
most of it." 

1)79. — One of the Dover Stages, on its way 
to London, was stopped by a single highwayman, 
who was informed by the coachman there were no 
inside pasengers, and only one in the basket, and 
he was a sailor. The robber then proceeded to 
exercise his employment on the tar ; when waking 
him out of his sleep Jack demanded what he 
wanted; to which the son of plunder replied, 
" Your money." — " You shan't have it," said 
Jack. "No!" replied the robber: "then I'll 
blow your brains out." — " Blow away then, you 
land-lubber," cried Jack, squirting the tobacco- 
juice out of his mouth, " I may as well go to 
London without brains as without money: drive 
on, cpachman." 

980.— M. Otto, the French ambassador to 
the British Court, displayed a most splendid il- 
lumination at his house in Portland Place, on ac- 
count of the signing of the definitive treaty of 
peace betwixt Great Britain and France. Whilst 
this illumination was in preparation, two Brit- 
ish tars happened to pass his house ; when they 
observed in a transparency the words " Peace 
and Concord," which they read, Peace Conquered. 
" They conquer Peace, a set of frog-eating lub- 
bers," exclaimed one of the tars, and immediately 
knocked at M. Otto's door, insisting to see that 
gentleman. M. Otto made his appearance: the 
enraged tars demanded the reason of his presum- 



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ing to insult the British nation. M. Otto in vain 
attempted to explain the meaning of the words. 
But nothing would satisfy the gallant fellows ; 
they peremptorily insisted on his removing the 
obnoxious word " concord" which M. Otto, with 
much politeness, promised to do, and actually 
altered the sentiment to " Peace and Amity." 

981. — Dr. Walcot, better known as Peter 
Pindar, called one day upon a bookseller in 
Paternoster-row, the publisher of his works, by 
way of inquiring into the literary and other news 
of the day. After some chat, the doctor was 
asked to take a glass of wine with the seller of 
his wit and poetry. Our author consented to ac- 
cept of a little negus as an innocent morning 
beverage ; when instantly was presented to him a 
cocoa-nut goblet, with the face of a man carved 
on it. " Eh ! eh ! " says the doctor, " what have 
we here? " — " A man's skull," replied the book- 
seller ; " a poet's for what I know." — " Nothing 
more likely," rejoined the facetious doctor, " for 
it is universally known that all you booksellers 
drink your wine from our skulls." 

982. — When Quin and Garrick performed 
at the same theatre, and in the same pla}^, the 
night being very stormy, each ordered a chair. 
To the mortification of Quin, Mr. Garrick's chair 
came up first. " Let me get into the chair," 
cried the surly veteran, " let me get into the 
chair, and put little Davy into the lantern." — 
" Bv all means," said Garrick ; " I shall ever be 
happj' to give Mr. Quin light in any thing." 



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983. — When a late Duchess of Bedford was 
last at Buxton, and then in her eighty-fifth year, 
it was the medical farce of the day, for the fac- 
ulty to resolve every complaint of whim and 
caprice into " a shock of the nervous system." 
Her grace, after inquiring of many of her 
friends in the rooms what brought them there, 
and being generally answered for a nervous com- 
plaint, was asked *in her turn, " What brought 
her to Buxton? " — " I came only for pleasure," 
answered the healthy duchess ; " for, thank God, 
I was born before nerves came into fashion." 

984. — One of the most flattering and ingeni- 
ous compliments Frederick ever paid, was that 
which he addressed to the celebrated General 
Laudohn, at the time of his interview with the 
emperor at the camp of Neiss. After they had 
discoursed for about an hour, the two monarchs 
sat down to dinner, with the princes and general 
officers in their train. Marshal Laudohn, who 
had been invited among the rest, was about to 
seat himself at the bottom of the table, but the 
king made him come and sit by him, saying, 
" Come here, General Laudohn ; I have always 
wished to see you on my side, instead of facing 
me." 

985. — George III., having purchased a horse, 
the dealer put into his hands a large sheet of 
paper, completely written over. " What's 
this? " said his majesty. " The pedigree of the 
horse, sire, which you have just bought," was 
the answer. " Take it back, take it back," said 



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the king laughing ; " it will do very well for the 
next horse you sell." 

986. — A French Officer quarrelling with a 
Swiss, reproached him with his country's vice, 
of fighting on either side for money, while we 
" Frenchmen," said he, " fight for honour.'" — 
" Yes, Sir," replied the Swiss, " every one fights 
for that which he most wants." 

987. — When the Late Mr. Windham, the 
war minister, was upon a trip to the continent, 
he met with a Dutch clergyman, who was very 
eager in his inquiries as to the doctrines and dis- 
cipline of the church of England, to which he 
received satisfactory answers ; those, however, 
were succeeded by others of a more difficult na- 
ture, particularly as to the manner in which some 
English preachers manufacture their sermons. 
Upon Mr. Windham's confessing his ignorance 
of this subject, the Dutchman, in a tone of dis- 
appointment, exclaimed, " Why then I find, Sir, 
after all the conversation we have had, that I 
have been deceived as to your profession. They 
told me you were an English minister" 

988. — Dr. Savage, who died in 1747, trav- 
elled in his younger days, with the Earl of Salis- 
bury, to whom he was indebted for a consider- 
able living in Hertfordshire. One day at the 
levee, the king (George I.) asked him how long 
he had resided at Rome with Lord Salisbury. 
Upon Ins answering him how long, — " Why," 
said the king, "you staid there long enough; 
how is it you did not convert the pope? " — " Be- 



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cause, Sir," replied the doctor, " I had nothing 
better to offer him." 

989.— In the Year 1818, as the Duke of 
Wellington was on a sporting visit at the scat 
of the Marquis of Salisbury, Hatfield, he met 
with the following curious adventure: — A far- 
mer, who had been much annoyed by the hunters 
riding across his corn, directed his shepherd to 
stake up and make fast all his gates that adjoin 
the roads. It so happened that the duke rode up 
to one of these gates which the shepherd was 
lolling over, and who was directed by the duke to 
open the gate for him. The shepherd refused 
compliance, and told him to go round, for he 
should not ride over his master's corn. The duke 
therefore rode off. When the man went home, 
his master inquired of him if he had stopped the 
hunters? " Aye, master," quoth the shepherd, 
" that I hare — and not only them, but that 
soldier man that Buonaparte could not stop! " 
The farmer took an early opportunity of apol- 
ogizing to Lady Salisbury for the rudeness of 
his servant, and stated that had he been aware 
that the noble duke was to have been out that 
day his gates should not have been fastened, and 
at the same time mentioned what his man had 
said, which on being related to the duke, caused, 
as may be expected, a hearty laugh. 

990. — When Rabelais was on his death-bed, 
a consultation of physicians was called. " Dear 
gentlemen," said the wit to the doctors, raising 
his languid head, " let me die a natural death." 



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991. — Dr. Busby, whoso figure was beneath 
the common size, was one day accosted in a pub- 
lic coffee-room, by an Irish baronet of colossal 
stature, with, " May I pass to my seat, O 
Giant? " When the doctor, politely making 
way, replied, " Pass, O Pigmy ! "— " Oh ! Sir," 
said the baronet, " my expression alluded to the 
size of your intellect." — " And my expression, 
Sir," said the doctor, " to the size of yours." 

992. — An Apothecary, who used to value 
himself on his knowledge of drugs, asserted that 
all bitter things w T ere hot. — " No," said a gentle- 
man present, " there is one of a very different 
quality; a bitter cold day." 

993. — At Brighton, in October, 1795, Sir 
John Lade, for a trifling wager, undertook to 
carry Lord Cholmondeley on his back, from op- 
posite to the Pavilion, twice round the Steyne. 
Several ladies attended as spectators of this ex- 
traordinary feat of the dwarf carrying the giant. 
When his lordship declared himself ready, Sir 
John desired him to strip. " Strip ! " exclaimed 
the other, " why surely you proposed to carry 
me in my clothes." — " By no means," replied the 
Baronet ; " I engaged to carry you, but not an 
inch of clothes ! so therefore, my lord, mak'^ 
ready, and let us not disappoint the ladies." 
After much laughable altercation, it was at 
length decided, that Sir John had won his wager, 
the peer having declined to exhibit in puris na- 
turalibus. 

994. — After a loud preface of " O yes," pro- 



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nou need most audibly three times, in the High 
Street at Newmarket, the late Lord Barrymorc, 
having collected a number of persons together, 
made the following general proposal to the 
gapers; — " Who wants to buy a horse that can 
walk five miles an hour, trot eighteen, and gallop 
twenty." — " I do," said a gentleman, with mani- 
fest eagerness. — " Then," replied Lord Barry- 
more, " if I sec any such animal to be sold, I will 
be sure to let you know." 

995. — The Duke of Longuevikle's Reply, 
when it was observed to him that the gentlemen 
bordering on his estates were continually hunting 
upon them, and that he ought not to suffer it, 
is worthy of imitation : " I had much rather," 
answered the duke, " have friends than hares." 

996. — The Great Prince de Conde passing 
through the city of Sens, which belonged to Bur- 
gundy, of which he was governor, took great 
pleasure in disconcerting the different companies 
who came to compliment him. The Abbe Boi- 
leau, dean of the cathedral, brother of the poet, 
was commissioned to make a speech to the prince 
at the head of the chapter. Conde wishing to dis- 
compose the orator, advanced his head and long 
nose towards the dean, as if with the intention of 
hearing the better, but in reality to make him 
blunder, if he possibly could. The abbe, who 
perceived his design, pretending to be greatly 
embarrassed, began his speech thus : " My lord, 
your highness ought not to be surprised to see 
me tremble when I appear before you; at the 



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head of an army of 30,000 men, I should tremble 
much more." The prince was so much charmed 
with this compliment, that he embraced the orator 
without suffering him to proceed. He asked his 
name, and when he found that he was the brother 
to M. Despreaux, he invited him to dinner. 

997. — None fight with true spirit who are 
overloaded with cash. A man \\ ho had been for- 
tunate at cards was asked to act as a second in 
a duel, at a time when the seconds engaged as 
heartily as the principals. " I am not," said he, 
" the man for your purpose just at present; but 
go and apply to him from whom I won a thou- 
sand guineas last night, and I warrant you that 
he will fight like any. devil." 

998. — An under officer of the customs at the 
port of Liverpool, running headlessly along the 
ship's gunnel, happened to tip overboard, and 
was drowned: being soon after taken up, the 
coroner's jury was summoned to sit upon the 
body: one of the jurymen, returning home, was 
called to by an alderman of the town, and asked 
what verdict they brought in, and whether they 
found it felo de se! " Aye, aye," says the jury- 
man, shaking his noddle, " he fell into the sea 
sure enough." 

999. — Sir John Trevor, who for some mis- 
demeanor had been expelled the house of com- 
mons, one day meeting with archbishop Tillot- 
son, cried out, " I hate to see an atheist in the 
shape of a churchman." — "And I," replied the 
good bishop, " hate to see a knave in any shape." 



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1000. — When Sir Elijah Impey, the Indian 
judge, was on his passage home, as he was one 
day walking the deck, it having blowed pretty 
hard the preceding day, a shark was playing by 
the side of the ship. Having never seen such 
an object before, he called to one of the sailorr. 
to tell him what it was. " Why," replied the 
tar, " I don't know what name they know them 
by ashore, but here we call them sea-lawyers." 

1001. — A Gentleman observed one day to 
Mr. Henry Erskinc, who was a great punster, 
that punning is the lowest sort of wit. " It is 
so," answered he, " and therefore the foundation 
of all wit." 

1002. — Alcibiades finding his irregularities 
became the general topic of conversation at 
Athens, and having a very fine dog, which he had 
given a large sum of money for, he cut off his 
tail, which was reckoned a great ornament. His 
friends told him the whole city blamed him for so 
foolish an action, %nd talked of nothing else. 
" That is what I meant," said he : "I had rather 
they should talk of my dog's tail, than scrutinize 
my conduct." 

1003. — A Finished Coquette at a ball asked 
a gentleman near her, while she adjusted her 
tucker, whether he could -flirt a fan, which she 
held in her hand. " No, madam," answered he, 
proceeding to use it, " but I can fan a flirt " 

1004*. — The Late Duke of Richmond had 
some capital hunters in Sussex. A monkey that 



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was kept in the stable, was remarkably fond of 
riding the horses ; skipping from one to the 
other, and teasing the poor animals incessantly. 
The groom made a complaint to the duke, who 
immediately formed a plan to remedy the evil. 
" If he is so fond of riding," said his grace, 
" we'll endeavour to give him enough of it." A 
complete jockey dress was provided for the mon- 
key; and the next time the hounds went out, 
Jacko in his uniform was strapped to the back 
of one of the best hunters. The view halloo being 
given, away they went, through thick and thin : 
the horse carrying so light a weight, presently 
left all the company behind. Some of the party 
passing by a farm-house, inquired of a country- 
man whether he had seen the fox. " Aye, zure," 
said the man, " he be gone over yon fallow." — 
"And was there anyone up with him?" — 
" Whoy, yes," said John, " there be a little man 
in a yellow jacket, riding as though the Devil 
be in 'urn. I hope from n^y heart the young 
gentleman mayn't meet with a fall, but he rides 
monstrous hard." 

1005. — A Master of Arts being reduced to 
extreme poverty, begged some relief of a lock- 
smith, who was at work in his shop ; the smith 
asked him, why he had not learned some art to 
get his bread by, rather than thus to go about 
begging. " Alas ! " replied the scholar, " I am 
a master of seven." — " Of seven ! " replied the 
locksmith, " they must be sorry ones indeed, 
then, since they are not able to keep you; for 



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my part, I have only one, as you see, which main- 
tains seven of us ; myself, my wife, and five 
children." 

1006. — A Chimney-sweep, having descended 
a wrong chimney, made his sudden appearance 
in a room where two men, one named Butler and 
the other Cook, were enjoying themselves over a 
pot of beer. " How now," cried the former, 
" what news from the other world? " The 
sweep perceiving his mistake, and recollecting 
the persons, very smartly replied, " I came to 
inform you, that we are very much in w T ant of 
a Butler and Cook." 

1007. — An Italian Bishop had struggled 
through great difficulties without repining. An 
acquaintance of his asked him one day if he could 
communicate to him the secret he had made use 
of to be always easy. " Yes," replied the prel- 
ate, " very easily. It consists of nothing more 
than making a right use of my eyes in whatever 
state I am. I first look up to heaven, and re- 
member that my principal business here is to 
get thither; I then look down upon the earth, 
and call to mind how small a space I shall occupy 
in it when I come to be interred. Then I look 
abroad into the world, and observe what multi- 
tudes there are, who, in all respects, are more 
unhappy than myself. Thus I learn where true 
happiness is placed; where all my cares must 
end; and how r little reason I have to repine or 
complain." 



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1008. — A Lunatic in Bedlam was asked how 
lie came there? he answered " By a dispute." 
— "What dispute?" The bedlamite replied, 
" The world said I was mad ; I said the world 
was mad, and they outwitted me." 

1009. — A Notorious Thief, being to be tried 
for his life, confessed the robbery he was charged 
with. The judge hereupon directed the jury to 
find him guilty upon his own confession. The 
jury having laid their heads together brought 
him in not guilty. The judge bid them con- 
sider of it again ; but still they brought in their 
verdict not guilty. The judge asked the reason? 
The foreman replied, " There is reason enough, 
for we all know him to be one of the greatest 
liars in the world." 

1010. — A Notorious Culprit, who suffered 
some years since at Salisbury, and the last of 
three brothers who had been executed for similar 
offences, after sentence was passed, said, " My 
lord, I humbly thank you." His lordship aston- 
ished, asked him for what? " Because, my lord, 
I thought I should have been hung in chains, 
which would have been a disgrace to the family." 

1011. — A Young Fellow once came danc- 
ing, whistling, and singing into a room where old 
Colley Gibber sat coughing and spitting; and, 
cutting a caper, triumphantly exclaimed, 
" There, you old put, what would you give to be 
as young as I am? " — " Why, young man," re- 
plied he, " I would agree to be almost as foolish." 



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1012. — A Gentleman who was dining with 
another, praised very much the meat, and asked 
who was the butcher? " " His name is Addison." 
— " Addison ! " echoed the guest, " pray is he 
any relation to the poet? " — " In all probability 
he is, for he is seldom without his steel (Steele) 
by his side." 

1013. — Swift having paid a visit at Sir 
Arthur Achcson's country scat, and being, on 
the morning of his return to his deanery, de- 
tained a few minutes longer than he expected at 
his breakfast, found, when he came to the door, 
his own man on horseback, and a servant of Sir 
Arthur's holding the horse he was to ride him- 
self. He mounted, turned the head of his horse 
towards his own man, and asked him in a low 
voice if he did not think he should give something 
to the servant who held his horse, and if he 
thought {\\q shillings would be too much ; " No, 
Sir, it will not, if you mean to do the thing hand- 
somely," was the reply. The dean made no re- 
mark upon this, but when he paid his man's 
weekly account, wrote under it, " Deducted from 
this, for money paid to Sir Arthur's servant for 
doing your business, five shillings." 

1014. — Mr. Bensley, before he went on the 
stage, was an officer in the army. Meeting one 
day a Scotchman, who had been in the same regi- 
ment, the latter was very happy to see his old 
brother officer, but being ashamed to be seen in 
the street with a player, he hurried him into an 
obscure coffee-house, where he began to remon- 



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strate with him on his thus disgracing the hon- 
ourable profession to which he had belonged. 
" But," added he, " what do you make by this 
new business of yours? " Mr. Bensley said, 
" From seven hundred to a thousand a year." — 
" A thousand a year ! " exclaimed the Northern, 
" hae ye ony vacancies in your corps ? " 

1015. — A Common-councilman was hoaxed 
into an opinion, that, as a representative of the 
citizens, he was entitled to ride through the turn- 
pikes free, of expense. He next day mounted 
i his nag, to ascertain his civic privileges ; and 
asked at the turnpike at the Dog-row, in Mile- 
end-road, if, as a common-councilman, he had 
not a right to pass without paying? " Yes." 
replied the turnpike man, archly, " you may 
pass yourself, but you must pay for your horse." 

1016. — Dr. Gregory, professor of physic at 
Edinburgh, was one of the first to enroll him- 
self in the Royal Edinburgh Volunteers, when 
that corps was raised. So anxious was he to 
make himself master of military tactics, that he 
not only paid the most punctual attendance on 
all the regimental field-days, but studied at home 
for several hours a day, under the sergeant- 
major of the regiment. On one of these occa- 
sions, the officer, out of all temper at the awk- 
wardness of his learned pupil, exclaimed in a 
rage, " Sir, I would rather teach ten fools than 
one philosopher." 

1017. — There Was a Lady of the west coun- 



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try that gave a great entertainment at her house 
to most of the gallant gentlemen thereabouts, 
and among others Sir Walter Raleigh. This 
lady, though otherwise a stately dame, was a 
notable good housewife; and in the morning be- 
times she called to one of her maids that looked 
to the swine, and asked, " Are the pigs served? " 
Sir Walter Raleigh's chamber was close to the 
lady's. A little before dinner the lady came 
down in great state into the great chamber, which 
was full of gentlemen, and as soon as Sir Walter 
cast his eyes on her, " Madam," said he, " are 
the pigs served? " The lady answered, " You 
know best whether you have had your break- 
fast." 

1018. — Joseph II., Emperor of Germany, 
travelling in his usual way, without his retinue, 
attended by only a single aid-de-camp, arrived 
very late at the house of an Englishman, who 
kept an inn in the Netherlands. It being fair 
time, and the house rather crowded, the host, ig- 
norant of his guests' quality, appointed them to 
sleep in an out-house, which they readily com- 
plied with ; and after eating a few slices of ham 
and biscuit, retired to rest, and in the morning 
paid their bill, which amounted to only three 
shillings and sixpence English, and rode off. A 
few hours afterwards, several of his suite coming 
to inquire after him, and the publican under- 
standing the rank of his guest, appeared very 
uneasy. " Psha ! psha ! man," said one of the 
attendants, " Joseph is accustomed to such ad- 



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ventures, and will think no more of it." — " But 
I shall," replied the landlord ; " for I can never 
forget the circumstance, nor forgive myself 
neither, for having had an emperor in my house, 
and letting him off for three and sixpence." 

1019. — On the Scotch Circuits, the judges 
give dinners, having an allowance for that pur- 
pose. The great Lord Karnes was extremely 
parsimonious ; and at a circuit dinner at Perth 
did not allow claret, as had been the custom. The 
conversation turned on Sir Charles Hardy's fleet, 
which was then blockaded by the French; and 
one of the company asked, what had become of 
our fleet. Mr. Henry Erskine answered, " They 
are like us, confined to Port." 

1020. — Some Years Ago, sa}^s Richardson, 
in his anecdotes of painting, a gentleman came 
to me to invite me to his house : " I have," says 
he, " a picture of Rubens, and it is a rare good 
one. There is little H. the other day came to 
see it, and says it is a copy. If anyone says so 
again, I'll break his head. Pray, Mr. Richard- 
son, will you do me the favour to come, and give 
me your real opinion of it? " 

1021. — When Pyrrhus, King of Epirus, 
was preparing for an expedition he had long 
meditated against the Romans, Cyneas, one of 
his chief favourites, asked him what he proposed 
to himself by this war? " To conquer the Ro- 
mans, and reduce all Italy to obedience," was 
the reply. " What then? " asked Cyneas. " To 



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pass over into Sicily," answered Pyrrhus, " and 
then all the Sicilians must he our subjects." — 
" And what does your majesty intend next? " — 
" Why, truly," replied the king, " to conquer 
Carthage, and make myself master of all Af- 
rica." — " And what, Sir," said the minister, " is 
to be the end of all your expeditions? " — " Why 
then," answered the monarch, " for the rest of 
our lives we'll sit down to good wine." — " How, 
Sir," said Cyneas, " can we sit down to better 
wine than we have now before us? Have we not 
already as much as we can drink ? " 

1022. — M. Lalande, the French astronomer, 
during the whole time of the Revolution, con- 
fined himself to the study of that science. When 
he found that he had escaped the fury of Robe- 
spierre, he jocosely said, " I may thank my stars 
for it." 

1023. — After Dr. Johnson had been hon- 
oured with an interview' with the king, in the 
queen's library at Buckingham-house, he was 
interrogated by a friend concerning his recep- 
tion, and his opinion of the royal intellect. " His 
majesty," replied the doctor, " seems to be pos- 
sessed of much good-nature and much curiosity, 
and is far from contemptible. His majesty, in- 
deed, was multifarious in his questions, but he 
ansxeered them all himself." 

1024*. — The Bard of Twickenham, though 
very short and deformed, was nevertheless verv 
partial to his person. One day he asked Dean 



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Swift what people in Ireland thought of him. 
" They think," says the dean, " that you are a 
great poet and a very little man." Pope ex- 
claimed passionately, " And, Mr. Dean, the peo- 
ple in England think quite the reverse of you." 
1025. — Weston, the Actor, having bor- 
rowed, on note, the sum of five pounds, and fail- 
ing in payment, the gentleman who had lent the 
money took occasion to talk of it in a public cof- 
fee-house, which caused Weston to send him a 
challenge. When in the field, the gentleman 
being a little tender in point of courage, offered 
him the note to make it up ; to which our hero 
readily consented, and had the note delivered. 
" But now," said the gentleman, " if we should 
return without fighting, our companions will 
laugh at us ; therefore let us give one another 
a slight scratch, and say we wounded each 
other." — " With all my heart," says Weston ; 
" come, I'll wound you first : " so, drawing his 
sword, he thrust it through the fleshy part of 
his arm till he brought the tears into his eyes. 
Tin's being done, and the wound tied up with a 
handkerchief — " Come," said the gentleman, 
" where shall I wound you? " Weston, putting 
himself in a posture of defence, replied, " Where 
you can, Sir." 

1026. — The Celebrated Daniel Burgess, 
dining with a gentleman of his congregation, a 
large Cheshire cheese, uncut, was brought to 
table. "Where si vail I cut it?" asked Daniel. 
" Anywhere you please, Mr. Burgess," answered 



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the gentleman. Upon which Daniel handed it 
to the servant, desiring him to carry it to his 
house, and lie would cut it at home. 

1027. — " How does your new-purchased horse 
answer? " said the late Duke of Cumberland to 
George Sclwyn. " I really don't know," re- 
plied George, " for I never asked him a ques- 
tion." 

1028. — A Quaker having a horse to sell, took 
him to St. Luke's fair, at Newcastle. A cus- 
tomer soon appeared, who, being pleased with 
the appearance of the animal, asked " if he would 
draw well ? " to which question the owner replied 
with a shrug, " Ah, friend, let him alone for 
that." The buyer taking him in the wrong 
sense, purchased the horse without any more in- 
quiries. But upon trial the horse would not 
stretch a trace ; on which the buyer went in a vio- 
lent passion to upbraid the seller, who very coolly 
answered : " Friend, did I not tell thee to let 
him alone for that ; " which was all the satisfac- 
tion he could get. 

1029. — Dr. Fuller, the author of the 
Worthies of England, and other works, had a 
prodigious memory, insomuch that he could name 
in order the signs on both sides the way from the 
beginning of Paternoster-row at Ave Maria- 
lane to the bottom of Cheapside, where the Man- 
sion-house now stands. This, considering that 
in his time every shop had a particular sign, was 
very surprising. He could also dictate to five 



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several amanuenses at the same time, and each 
on a different subject. The doctor making a 
visit to the committee of sequestrators sitting at 
Waltham, in Essex, they soon fell into a dis- 
course and commendation of his great memory ; 
to which he replied : " 'Tis true, gentlemen, that 
fame has given me the report of a memorist, and, 
if you please, I will give you an experiment of 
it." They all accepted the motion, and told 
him they should look upon it as an obligation, 
praying him to begin. " Gentlemen," says he, 
" I will give you an instance of my memory in 
the particular business in which you are em- 
ployed. Your worships have thought fit to se- 
quester an honest but poor cavalier parson, my 
neighbour, from his living, and committed him to 
prison : he has a large family of children, and 
his circumstances are but indifferent ; if you will 
please to release him out of prison, and restore 
him to his living, I will never forget the kindness 
while I live." This good-natured jest wrought 
so effectually upon the committee, that, though 
they were not over-gifted with wit or humanity, 
they immediately released and restored the poor 
clergyman. 

1030.— The Late Colonel O'Keley, well 
known to all the lovers of the turf, having, at a 
Newmarket meeting, proposed a considerable 
wager to a gentleman who, it seems, had no 
knowledge of him; the stranger, suspecting the 
challenge came from one of the black-legged 
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would give for so large a sum if he should lose, 
and where his estates lay. — " O ! by Jasus, my 
dear crater, I have the map of them about me, 
and here it is sure enough," said O'Kelly, pull- 
ing out a pocket-book, and producing bank- 
notes to a considerable amount. 

1031. — Dueing the Rebellion in 1745, 
George II. entered the council-chamber while 
they were sitting, and requested to know what 
was the subject of their deliberations; and on 
being told that they were consulting how to pro- 
vide for the safety of his majesty's person and 
government — " Aye, is it so? " replied the mon- 
arch, laying his hand upon the hilt of his sword; 
" My lords and gentlemen take care of your- 
selves ; but for me, it is my determination to live 
and die King of England." 

1032. — After a successful attack on the 
royal party in 1745, a Highlander gained a 
watch as his share of the plunder. Unac- 
quainted with its use, he listened with equal sur- 
prise and pleasure to the ticking sound with 
which his new acquisition amused him ; after a 
few hours, however, the watch was down, the noise 
ceased, and the dispirited owner, looking on the 
toy no longer with satisfaction, determined to 
conceal the misfortune which had befallen it, and 
to dispose of it to the first person who should 
offer him a trifle in exchange. He soon met 
with a customer, but at parting he could not 
help exclaiming, " Why, she died last night." 



106 JOE MILLER 

1033. — When Mr. Penn, the proprietor of 
Pennsylvania, and the most considerable man 
among the Quakers, went to court to pay his re- 
spects to Charles II., that merry monarch, ob- 
serving the Quaker not to lower his beaver, took 
off his own hat, and stood uncovered before Penn, 
who said, " Prithee, friend Charles, put on thy 
hat." — " No," says the king, " friend Penn, it 
is usual for only one man to stand covered here." 

1034. — The Late Bishop of Worcester, 
Dr. Hough, was remarkable for sweetness of tem- 
per, as well as every other christian virtue ; of 
which the following story affords a proof. A 
young gentleman, whose family had been well 
acquainted with the bishop, in making the tour 
of England before he went abroad, called to pay 
his respects to his lordship as he passed by his 
seat in the country. It happened to be at din- 
ner time, and the room full of company. The 
bishop, however, received him with much famil- 
iarity ; but the servant in reaching him a chair, 
threw down a curious weather glass that had 
cost twenty guineas, and broke it. The gentle- 
man was under infinite concern, and began to 
make an apology for being himself the occasion 
of the accident, when the bishop with great good 
nature interrupted him. " Be under no con- 
cern, Sir," said his lordship, smiling, " for I am 
much beholden to you for it. We have had a 
very dry season ; and now I hope we shall have 
rain. I never saw the glass so low in my life." 
Everyone was pleased with the humour and pleas- 



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antry of the turn ; and the more so, as his lord- 
ship was then more than eighty, a time of life 
when the infirmities of old age make most men 
peevish and hasty. 

10f35. — A Person had been relating many 
incredible stories, when Professor Engel, who 
was present, in order to repress his impertinence, 
said, " But, gentlemen, all this amounts to but 
very little, when I can assure you that the cele- 
brated organist, Abbe Vogler, once imitated a 
thunder-storm so well, that for miles round all 
the milk turned sour." 

1036. — In the Reign of King William, 
Oliver Cromwell, grandson of the Protector 
Cromwell, found it necessary, on some occasion 
or other, to present a petition to parliament. He 
gave his petition to a friend, a member, who took 
it to the House of Commons to present it. Just 
as this gentleman was entering the house, with 
the petition in his hand, Sir Edward Seymour, 
a famous old royalist member, was also going 
in. On the sight of Sir Edward the gentleman 
immediately conceived the idea of making the 
surly, sour old Tory carry up the petition for 
Oliver Cromwell. " Sir Edward," said he, stop- 
ping him on the instant, " will you do me a fa- 
vour? I this moment recollect that I must im- 
mediately attend a trial at Westminster Hall, 
which may detain me too late to give in this pe- 
tition this morning, as I promised to do. 'Tis 
a mere matter of form ; will you be so good as 
carry it up for me 1 " — " Give it me," said Sir 



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Edward. The petition went directly into his 
pocket, and he into the house. When a proper 
opportunity occurred for presenting it, Sir Ed- 
ward rose, and putting his spectacles on, began 
to read, " the humble petition of — of — of — of 
the devil ! Oliver Cromwell ! ! ! " The roar of 
laughter in the house, at seeing the old knight 
so fairty taken in, w T as too great for him to stand. 
Dashing the petition from him in great rage, 
he rushed out of the house. 

1037. — Phillip, Earl Stanhope, whose 
dress always corresponded with the simplicity of 
his manners, was once prevented from going into 
the House of Peers by a doorkeeper who was un- 
acquainted with his person. Lord Stanhope 
was resolved to get into the house without ex- 
plaining who he was ; and the doorkeeper, equalty 
determined on his part, said to him, " Honest 
man, you have no business here. Honest man, 
you can have no business in this place." — " I 
believe," rejoined his lordship, " you. are right, 
honest men have no business here." 

1038. — When the Late King of Denmark 
was in England, he very frequently honoured 
Sir Thomas Robinson with his company, though 
the knight spoke French in a very imperfect 
manner, and the king had scarce any knowledge 
of English. One day, when Sir Thomas was in 
company with the late Lord Chesterfield, and 
boasted much of his intimacy with the king, and 
added, that he believed the monarch had a 
greater friendship for him than any man in 



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England, — " Good God," exclaimed Lord Ches- 
terfield, " how reports will lie! I heard no later 
than this day, that you never met but a great 
deal of bad language passed between you." 

1039. — Beauijeu was one day visited by a 
noble and unprofessional person, who reproached 
him with not having returned his first visit. 
" You and I," said the satirist, " are upon dif- 
ernt terms. I lose my time when I pay a visit ; 
you only get rid of yours when you do so." 

1040. — An Alderman of London once re- 
quested an author to write a speech for him to 
deliver at Guildhall, — " I must first dine with 
you," replied he, " and see how you open your 
mouth, that I may know what sort of words will 
fill it." 

1041. — A Barrister entered the hall with his 
wig very much awry, of which he was not at all 
apprized, but was obliged to endure from almost 
every observer some remark on its appearance, 
till at last adressing himself to Mr. Curran, he 
asked him, " Do you see anything ridiculous in 
this w T ig? " The answer instantly was, " Noth- 
ing but the head." 

1042. — Among the Discoveries of the 
learned which have amused mankind, the follow 
ing instance merits a conspicuous rank: — Some 
years ago there were several large elm trees in 
the college garden, behind the ecclesiastical 
court, Doctors' Commons, in which a number of 
rooks had taken up their abode, forming in ap- 



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pearance, a sort of convocation of aerial eccle- 
siastics. A young gentleman, who lodged in an 
attic, and was their close neighbour, frequently 
entertained himself with thinning this covey of 
black game by means of a cross-bow. On the 
opposite side lived a curious old civilian, who, 
observing from his study that the rooks- often 
dropt senseless from their perch, no sign being 
made to his vision to account for the phenom- 
enon, set his wits to work to consider the cause. 
It was probably during a profitless time of peace, 
and the doctor, having plenty of leisure, weighed 
the matter over and over, till he was at length 
satisfied that he had made a great ornithological 
discovery. He actually wrote a treatise, stating 
circumstantially what he himself had seen, and 
in conclusion giving it as the settled conviction 
of his mind, that rooks were subject to epilepsy. 

1043. — A Lady, after performing, with the 
most brilliant execution, a sonato on the piano- 
forte, in the presence of Dr. Johnson, turning to 
the philosopher, took the liberty of asking him 
if he was fond of music? — " No, madam," re- 
plied the doctor ; " but of all noises, I think 
music is the least disagreeable." 

1044. — Boswekl dining one day with Dr. 
Johnson, asked him if he did not think that a 
good cook was more essential to the community 
than a good poet. " I don't suppose," said the 
Dr., " that there's a dog in the town but what 
thinks so." 



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1045. — A Najjob, in a severe fit of the gout, 
told his physician that he suffered the pains of 
the damned. The doctor coolly answered, 
" What, already." 

1046. — A Surgeon aboard a ship of war used 
to prescribe salt-water for his patients in all dis- 
orders. Having sailed one evening on a part}^ 
of pleasure, he happened, by some mischance, to 
be drowned. The captain, who had not heard 
of the disaster, asked one of the tars next day 
if he had heard anything of the doctor. — " Yes," 
answered Jack, after a turn of his quid, " he 
was drowned last night in his medicine chest." 

1047.-^— At the time when Queen Elizabeth 
was making one of her progresses through the 
kingdom, a mayor of Coventry, attended by a 
large cavalcade, went out to meet her majesty, 
and usher her into the city with due formality. 
On their return they passed through a wide 
brook, when Mr. Mayor's horse several times at- 
tempted to drink, and each time his w T orship 
checked him; which the queen observing, called 
out to him, " Mr. Mayor, let your horse drink, 
Mr. Mayor ; " but the magistrate, bowing very 
low, modestly answered, " Nay, nay, ma} T it 
please your majcst3 r 's horse to drink first." 

1048. — As the Late Chevalier Taylor was 
once enumerating, in company, the great hon- 
ours which he had received from the different 
princes of Europe, and the orders with which 
he had been dignified by numerous sovereigns, 



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a gentleman present took occasion to remark, 
that he had not named the king of Prussia ; add- 
ing — " I suppose, Sir, that monarch never gave 
you any order! " — " You are quite mistaken, 
Sir," replied the Chevalier ; " for, I can most 
positively assure you, that he gave me a very 
peremptory order — to quit his dominions." 

1049. — One of the officers of a marching 
regiment, Captain B., who was quartered in the 
neighbourhood, was amusing himself by shooting 
upon the lands of Lord M. ; and as it was then a 
privilege extended without ceremony to all offi- 
cers, he had not asked permission of the noble 
lord. His lordship, however, saw the intruder 
from his drawing-room window, summoned his 
gamekeeper, and directed him to go instantly 
and shoot the stranger's two dogs. The man 
knew the character of his master, and, from his 
tone and manner, saw that his command must be 
obeyed. He rode off to the spot, addressed the 
sportsman, apologized, but said he dared not go 
back to his lordship with his orders disobeyed. 
Captain B. expostulated, but at length, pointing 
to one of his dogs, requested as a favour, that 
the gamekeeper would kill that one first. The 
shot was fired, and the poor dog fell. Captain 
B., who carried a double-barrelled gun, instantly 
advanced, and coolly discharged hi i piece 
through the head of the gamekeeper's horse. 
" Now," said he, addressing the fellow, who was 
all astonishment and terror, " that is horse for 
dog — fire again, and it shall be man for dog." 



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The invitation was of course declined. " And 
now," he continued, " go back to your rascally 
master, describe what you have seen, give him 
this card, and tell him, that wherever I can find 
him, in country or in town, I will horsewhip him 
from that spot to the threshold of his own door." 
The noble lord was early the next morning on 
his way to London, and did not return to his 
country residence until Captain B.'s regiment 
had been ordered to a distant part of the king- 
dom. 

1050. — One of the Check-takers (an 
Irishman) at the Zoological Society's Garden, 
mentioned to a friend, that the Queen had visited 
the garden incog, on a particular day. " Why," 
said the person he was informing, " it is odd we 
never heard of it ! " — " Oh, not at all, at all," re- 
joined Pat: " for she didn't come like a queen; 
but clane and dacent like another lady ! " 

1051. — A Gentleman, while sojourning at 
one of the towns in Virginia, encountered in the 
street a stout double-lunged negro, who was 
ringing a hand-bell most manfully. After la- 
bouring at it some time the fellow made a dead 
halt, and bellowed out something to the following 
effect : — " Sale dis nite — frying-pans — grid- 
irons — book — oyster-knives, and odder kinds of 
medicines — Joe Williams will hab some fresh 
oysters at his 'stablishment — by tickler desire, 
Mr. Hewlett will gib imitations ober again — two 
or three dozen damaged discussion gun-locks — 
and Rev. Air. P. will deliber a sarmont on tern- 



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pcrance, half-past six o'clock percise ; — dat's not 
all ! — widout money or price — de great bull 

Philip will be statint at Squire S 's — and 

dat's not all nudder ! — dare will be a perlite and 
coloured ball at Mrs. Johnson's jus arter dis is 
bin done." 

1052. — At a Late Court of Common Coun- 
cil, while the Town Clerk was reading the min- 
utes of the last Court, the Lord Mayor leaned 
his head upon his hand. " I call the Town-Clerk 
to order," said Mr. Samuel Dixon. " To order," 
said Mr. Savage, " what for? "— " What for? " 
cried Mr. Dixon, " why he reads so loud he'll 
wake the Lord Mayor." His lordship's reverie 
was broken for the rest of the day. 

1053. — A Painter in the Waterloo Road, 
has the following announcement displayed on 
the front of his house : — " The Acme of Sten- 
cil ! " " A learned Theban " in the same line, 
who has just commenced business in an adjoin- 
ing street, in order to outdo the " old original " 
stenciller, thus sets forth his pretentions, upon 
a board of the dimensions of twelve feet by three 
feet six : " Stencilling, in all its branches, per- 
formed in the very height of acme ! " 

1054.- — Ix the Extract from the Report of 
the Legal Commissioners appointed to inquire 
into the state of the jails in the West Indies, and 
recently printed for the House of Commons, we 
find the following questions put by the Commis- 
sioners to the Deputy Provost Marshal of To- 



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bago, and his most extraordinary answers : — " Is 
it (the jail) usually full? "— " Generally 
empty."— "Is it sufficiently large?"— "Not 
one-tenth part of the size it ought to be." 

1055. — When Lord Townshend was Lord 
Lieutenant of Ireland, the then provost of Dub- 
lin, lost no opportunity of repeating his solicita- 
tions for places. " My dear Hely," said his 
lordship, " you have a great many things, and 
I have nothing to give but a majority of dra- 
goons." — " I accept it then," replied the pro- 
vost. " What, you take a majority? " answered 
his lordship, " zounds, it is impossible, I only 
meant it as a joke." — " And I accept it," re- 
plied the provost, " merely to show you how well 
I can take a joke.'" 

1056. — In the Town of Montrose, some of 
the neighbouring wives having assembled to re- 
tail to one another the scandal of the morning, 
and having exhausted the subject, they next 
passed their opinions on the beauty of names : 
each considered her own as the prettiest, until 
Mrs. Gold insisted that hers w r as the best, and in 
idea produced the pleasantest feeling. " Yes," 
replied Mrs. Crowe, " gold is very pretty, but 
it is not yours — you have only borrowed it." 

One country schoolmaster meeting another, 
who had generally a quid of tobacco in his 
mouth, tapping him on the cheek, inquired, 

Quid est hoc? — (what is this?) 
to which the other promptly replied, 
Hoc est quid, — (this is a quid.) 



116 JOE MILLER 

1057. — When Mr. Bligh was a captain in a 
regiment of infantry, and he and his lady were 
travelling in Yorkshire, they put up at an inn, 
where there happened only to be just as much in 
the larder as would serve them for dinner, which 
was immediately ordered. In the meantime, 
some sporting gentlemen of the country came in, 
and finding there was nothing in the house but 
what was getting ready for another company, 
asked who they were. The landlord told them 
he did not exactly know, but he believed the gen- 
tleman was an Irish officer. " Oh, hang him, 
if he is Irish," says one of the company, " a 
potatoe will serve him. Here, waiter, take up 
this watch (taking out an elegant gold watch), 
carry it up stairs, and ask the gentleman what's 
o'clock." The waiter, at first, hesitated ; but 
the company insisted upon his delivering the 
message, and he was obliged to comply. Mr. 
Bligh was surprised at such an impudent mes- 
sage, but recollecting himself a moment, took the 
watch from the waiter, and sent his compliments 
to the company, that he would tell them 
before they parted. The message, however, 
produced his dinner to be sent up in quiet ; which, 
after he had eat, he clapped a pair of horse-pis- 
tols under his arm, and going downstairs, intro- 
duced himself to the company, by telling them, 
he was come to tell them what o'clock it was ; but 
first begged to be informed to which of the gen- 
tlemen the watch belonged: — here a dead silence 
ensued. Mr. Bligh then began on his right 



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hand, by asking them severally the question, each 
of whom denied his knowledge of the circum- 
stance. " Oh, then," says he, " gentlemen, I find 
I have mistaken the room ; the waiter awhile ago 
brought me an impudent message from some peo- 
ple in this house, which I come, as you see 
(pointing to his pistols), properly to resent, but 
I find I have mistaken the company : " saying 
this, he wished them a good evening, paid his 
bill, stepped into his carriage, and drove off with 
the watch in his pocket, which he kept to the 
day of his death. 

1058. — Two Dinner-hunters meeting in 
Pall-mall a short time back, one inquired of the 
other how he had been for some days. He re- 
plied — " In a very poor way indeed, I have not 
been able to eat anything at all." — " God bless 
me," said his hungry friend, " that is extremely 
strange, you generally have a very good appe- 
tite, you must have been seriously ill." — " Oh ! 
not at all, believe me, you misconceive my mean- 
ing, I could have eat, but the reason why I have 
not been able to do so is, that no one has invited, 
me to dinner." 

1059. — Mr. Curran was once asked, what 
an Irish gentleman, just arrived in England, 
could mean by perpetually putting out his 
tongue. " I suppose," replied the wit, " he's 
trying to catch the English accent." 

1060. — Generae Mackenzie when com- 
mander-in-chief of the Chatham division of ma- 



118 JOE MILLER 

rines, during the late war, was very rigid in the 
duty ; and, among other regulations, would suffer 
no officer to be saluted on guard if out of his 
uniform. It one day happened that the general 
observed a lieutenant of marines in a plain dress, 
and, though he knew the young officer intimately 
well, he called to the sentinel to turn him out. 
The officer appealed to the general, saying who 
he was : " I know you not," said the general ; 
" turn him out." A short time after, the general 
had been at a small distance from Chatham, to pay 
a visit, and returning in the evening, in a blue 
coat, claimed entrance at the yard gate. The 
sentinel demanded the countersign, which the 
general not knowing, desired the officer of the 
guard to be sent for, who proved to be the lieu- 
tenant whom the general had treated so cav- 
alierly. — " Who are you? " inquired the officer. 
— " I am General Mackenzie," was the reply. — 
"What, without an uniform?" rejoined the 
lieuteant ; " Oh, get back, get back, impostor ; 
the general would break your bones if he knew 
you assumed his name." The general on this 
made his retreat; and the next day inviting the 
young officer to breakfast, told him, "He had 
done his duty with very commendable exactness." 
1061. — Davtd Hartley, member for Hull, 
during the coalition administration, was remark- 
able for the length and dulness of his speeches. 
On one occasion, having reduced the house from 
three hundred to about eighty sleepy hearers, by 
one of his harangues, just at the time it was sup- 



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posed he would conclude, he moved that the Riot 
Act should be read, in order to prove one of his 
previous assertions. Burke, who had been 
bursting with impatience for full an hour and a 
half, and who was anxious to speak to the ques- 
tion, finding himself about to be so cruelly dis- 
appointed, rose, exclaiming, " The Riot Act, m} r 
dear friend! the Riot Act! to what purpose. 
Don't you see that the mob is already completely 
dispersed?" Every person present was con- 
vulsed with laughter, except Hartley, who never 
changed countenance, and who still insisted that 
the Riot Act should be read by the clerk. 

1062. — A Frenchman meeting an English 
soldier with a Waterloo medal, began sneeringly 
to animadvert on our government for bestow- 
ing such a trifle, which did not cost them three 
francs. — " That is true, to be sure," replied the 
hero, " it did not cost the English government 
three francs, but it cost the French a Napoleon/' 

1063. — Collins, the Poet, though of a 
melancholy cast of mind, was by no means averse 
to a jeu de mot, or quibble. Upon coming into 
a town the day after a young lady, of whom he 
was fond, had left it, he said, how unlucky he was 
that he had come a day after the fair. 

1064. — A Negro in Jamaica was tried for 
theft, and ordered to be flogged. He begged 
to be heard, which being granted, he asked, " If 
white man buy stolen goods, why he be no flogged 
too? »—« Well," said the judge, " so he would." 



120 JOE MILLER 

— " Dere den," replied Mungo, " is my massa, 
he buy tolen goods, he knew me tolen, and yet 
he buy vie." 

1065. — During the War carried on by the 
Great Frederick of Prussia, the English Envo}" 
at Berlin having occasion to inform his majesty 
of a victory gained by the British, observed, " It 
had pleased Divine Providence," &c. — " What ! " 
said his majesty, " is God Almighty one of your 
allies?" — "Yes, sire," replied the Englishman, 
" and the only one who does not demand any sub- 
sidies from us." 

1066. — Some Years Since, one of the sons 
of a celebrated Jew was on the point of being 
married to a Christian ; on which the father, ob- 
jecting to the smallness of the lady's fortune, 
expostulated with his son, and told him that he 
might have a female with more money: however, 
the young gentleman, vindicating his choice, re- 
plied, " that whether he would consent or not, 
lie would marry her ; and if he refused to give 
him a portion, lie would turn Christian, claim the 
benefit of an English law, and obtain half he 
possessed." At this ansAver, the father was 
greatly embarrassed: and, consulting counsel, 
the counsellor replied, " there was such a law, 
and that his son, turning Christian, would ob- 
tain half his estate: but if you'll make me a 
present of ten guineas," added lie, "I will put 
you in a way to disappoint him." At this news 
the old gentleman's hopes revived, and pulling 
ten guineas out of his pocket, instantly clappeel 



JOE MILLER 121 

them into the lawyer's hand, expressing his im- 
patience to know how he was to proceed. The 
counsellor replied, with a smile, " You have 

nothing to do, Mr. , but to turn Christian 

yourself." 

1067. — Alembert, at his leaving college, 
found himself alone and unconnected with the 
world, and sought an asylum in the house of his 
nurse. Here he lived and studied for the space 
of forty years. His good nurse perceived his 
ardent activity, and heard him mentioned as the 
writer of many books ; but never took it into her 
head that he was a great man, and rather beheld 
him with a kind of compassion. " You will 
never," said she to him one day, " be anything 
but a philosopher : and what is a philosopher ? 
— a fool, who toils and plagues himself during 
his life, that people may talk of him when he is 
no more.'* 

1068. — A Lady of Rank, dancing one even- 
ing, approached so near to a chandelier, that the 
fluttering plume of feathers, waving to and fro 
on her forehead, came in contact with the flame, 
and the whole was instantly in a blaze. The 
illumination, however, was quickly and happilv 
extinguished without harm ; when her husband, 
seeing the danger avoided, and the thoughtless- 
ness of the act that urged it, peevishly and half 
angrily exclaimed, " Surely your ladyship must 
be absolutely mad! " — " No, no," replied her 
ladyship, " only a little light-headed" 



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1069. — At that time of the administration of 
the late Mr. Pitt, when petitions for peace were 
presented to the throne from all parts of Eng- 
land, Mr. W. Rathbone, a Quaker, was deputed 
to carry the address from the town of Liverpool ; 
when, contrary to custom, he presented it on both 
knees, which so astonished our gracious monarch, 
that he exclaimed, " What ! what do you go on 
two knees for? One knee — never more than one 
knee." To which Mr. R. gravely replied, 
" Sire, I bend one to God Almighty, to pardon 
my bending the other to a man." 

1070. — On a Trial between a buckle-maker 
and one of the same trade, on an encroachment 
made upon a patent which the former had ob- 
tained, an advocate from North Britain, prais- 
ing the invention of his client, looking at his 
own buckles, exclaimed, " So elegantly are these 
ornaments constructed, that, were my ancestors 
to rise from their graves, and happen to observe 
my legs, how would they be surprised ! " — 
" Very true, my learned brother," cried the 
counsel for the defendant ; " they would be very 
much surprised indeed, to find you had got either 
shoes or stockings ! " 

1071. — A Fellow of Oxford College see- 
ing Tom Brown in a tattered gown, said, " Tom, 



I " 



your gown's grown too short for you." — " Al 
replied Tom, "that's true; but it will be long 
enough before I get another." 

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alighted at an inn, called for some porter, and 
observing, as it is now the. fashion, the pint de- 
ficient in quantity, thus addressed the landlord: 
— " Pray, friend, how many butts of beer dost 
thou draw in a month? " — " Ten, Sir," replied 
Boniface. — " And thou wouldst like to draw 
eleven if thou couldst," rejoined Ebenczer. — 
" Certainly," exclaimed the smiling landlord. — 
" Then I will tell thee how, friend," added the 
Quaker: " fill thy measures." 

1073. — Charles XII. of Sweden went early 
one morning to consult his prime minister. He 
was in bed, and the king was obliged to wait 
till he rose. Charles passed the time in talking 
with a soldier whom he found in the ante-cham- 
ber. At last, the minister appeared, and made 
many apologies. The soldier, extremely con- 
fused for having accosted his sovereign with so 
much freedom, threw himself at his feet, and 
said, " Sire, forgive me, for I really took you 
for a man." — " You have done no harm, friend," 
said the king, " your mistake was natural ; for 
nothing is, I assure you, so much like a man as a 
king." 

1074. — Sterne, who used his wife very ill, 
was one day talking to Garrick in a fine senti- 
mental manner in praise of conjugal love and 
fidelity. " The husband," said Sterne, " who be- 
haves unkindly to his wife deserves to have his 
house burnt over his head." — " If you think so," 
said Garrick, " I hope your house is insured." 



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1075. — A Short* Time previous to the sur- 
render of Calais, in the year 1346, the English 
fell in with and beat the French fleet, many of 
whose ships they sunk. None dared to carry the 
news to Philip, the French king ; till after a long 
time, his jester appeared in his presence, flounc- 
ing, and exclaiming in the most contemptuous 
manner against the English for their miserable 
cowardice — " Dastardly Englishmen ! " said he ; 
" faint-hearted Englishmen ! cowardly English- 
men ! " The king, inquiring the cause of his 
anger and contempt, received the news of his 
misfortune in the following answer — " Because 
they durst not leap out of their ships into the 
sea, as our brave Frenchmen did." 

1076. — Triboueet, the fool of Francis the 
First, was threatened with death by a man in 
power, of whom he had been speaking disrespect- 
fully ; and he applied to the king for protec- 
tion. " Be satisfied," said the king ; " if any man 
should put you to death, I will order him to be 
hanged a quarter of an hour after." — " Ah, 
Sir ! " replied Triboulet, " I should be much 
obliged, if 3 r our Majesty would order him to be 
hanged a quarter of an hour before." 

1077. — A Bookseleeh, in a large way, having 
been threatened relative to a publication sup- 
posed to have been libellous, was asked, by a 
friend, how it had happened to escape his read- 
ing. "My reading!" exclaimed the other: 
" yon might as well expect an apothecary to 



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take his own drugs, as a bookseller to read every 
book he publishes." 

1078. — A Sailor coming across Blackhcath 
one evening, was stopped by a footpad, who de- 
manded his money, when a scuffle ensued. The 
tar took the robber, and bore away with his prize 
to a justice of the peace at Woolwich. When the 
magistrate came to examine into the assault, he 
told the sailor that he must take his oath that the 
robber had put him in bodily fear, otherwise he 
could not commit him. The sailor, looking 
steadfastly at the justice, answered, " He, — he 
put me in bodily fear ! No, nor any he that ever 
lived; therefore, if that is the case, you may let 
him go — for I will not swear to any such a lie." 

1079. — The Late Dr. Glover, well known 
for being one of the best companions in the 
world, was returning from a tavern one morning 
early, across Covent Garden, when a chairman 
cried out, " A chair ! your honour, a chair ! " 
Glover took no notice, but called his dog, who 
was a good way behind, " Scrub, Scrub, Scrub ! " 
— " Och, indeed ! " says the chairman, " there 
goes a pair o' ye ! " The facetious doctor gave 
his countryman half a crown for the merry wit- 
ticism. 

1080. — As a Regiment of Soldiers were 
marching through a country town, the captain 
(a strict disciplinarian) observed that one of the 
drums did not beat, and ordered a lieutenant to 
inquire the reason. The fellow, on being in- 



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terrogated, whispered the lieutenant, " I have 
two ducks and a turkey in my drum, and the 
turkey is for his honour." This being whispered 
to the captain, he exclaimed, " Why didn't the 
fellow say he was lame? I do not want men to 
do their duty when they are not able." 

1081. — A Painter was employed in painting 
a West India ship in the river, suspended on a 
stage under the ship's stern. The captain, who 
had just got into the boat alongside, for the 
purpose of going ashore, ordered the boy to let 
go the painter (the rope which makes fast the 
boat) : the boy instantly went aft, and let go the 
rope by which the painter's stage was held. The 
captain, surprised at the boy's delay, cried out, 
" Heigh-ho, there, you lazy lubber, why don't 
you let go the painter? " The boy replied, 
" He's gone, Sir, pots and all." 

1082. — A Link Boy asked Dr. Burgess, the 
preacher, if he would have a light. " No, child," 
says the Doctor, " I am one of the lights of the 
world." — " I wish then," replied the boy, " you 
were hung up at the end of our alley, for it is a 
very dark one." 

1083. — Philip, king of France, once met a 
beggar, who solicited a rich gift of him ; urging 
it as a reason, that he was the king's brother. 
Philip smiled, and inquired of the beggar, how 
that could be, and desired to know who was his 
father. The beggar answered, he was born of 
Adam, who is the father of us all. The king 



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immediately ordered his chamberlain to give him 
a farthing. The beggar, however, complained 
that it was not a royal gift. The king then an- 
swered, if he were obliged to give as much to all 
his brothers, who claimed relationship with him, 
as being born of Adam, he would be obliged to 
sell his kingdom ; and advised the beggar to 
solicit as much from every one of his brothers, 
and his purse would soon be full. 

1084. — An Honest Jack Tar would be 
coached up to town from Deptford, but thought 
it a very unbecoming thing in him, who had just 
been paid off, and had plenty of money, not to 
have a whole coach to himself; of course, took 
all the seats, seating himself at the same time 
upon the top. The coach was about to set off, 
when a gentleman appeared, who was holding an 
altercation with the coachman, about the absurd- 
ity of his insisting that the seats were all taken, 
and not a person in the coach. Jack, overhear- 
ing high words, thought, as he had paid full 
freight, he had a right to interfere, inquired 
what was the matter. When being told that the 
gentleman was much disappointed at not getting 
a seat, he replied, " You lubber, stow him away 
in the hold ! but he shall not come up on deck." 

1085. — The Late Right Honourable 
Charees Fox, in the course of a speech which 
he made in the House of Commons, when enlarg- 
ing on the influence exercised by government 
over the members, observed, that is was generally 
understood that the minister employed a person 



128 JOE MILLER 

as manager of the House of Commons ; here there 
was a general cry of " Name him ! Name him ! " 
— " No,' 5 said Mr. Fox, " I don't choose to name 
him, though 1 might do it as easy as say Jack 
Robinson." That was really his name. 

1086. — A Traveller relating some of his ad- 
ventures, told the company, that he and his ser- 
vant made fifty wild Arabians run ; which excit- 
ing surprise, he observed, there was no such 
great matter in it ; " for," says he, " we run, 
and they run after us." 

1087. — A Certain Young Clergyman, 
modest, almost to bashfulness, was once asked 
by a country apothecary, of a contrary char- 
acter, in a public and crowded assembly, and in a 
tone of voice sufficient to catch the attention of 
the whole company, " How it happened that 
the patriarchs lived to such extreme old age? " 
To which question he immediately replied, " Per- 
haps they took no physic." 

1088. — Two English Gentlemen, some 
time ago, visited the field of Bannockburn, so 
celebrated for the total defeat of the English 
army, by Robert the Bruce, with an army of 
Scottish heroes, not one fourth their number: — 
A sensible countryman pointed out the positions 
of both armies, the stone where the Bruce's 
standard was fixed during the battle, &c. Highly 
satisfied with his attention, the gentlemen, on 
leaving him, pressed his acceptance of a crown- 
piece : — " Na, na," said the honest man, return- 



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ing the money, " keep jour crown-piece, — the 
English line paid dear enough already for seeing 
the field of Bannockburn." 

1089. — Soon After Dr. Johnson's Return 
from Scotland to London, a Scottish lady, at 
whose house he was, as a compliment, ordered 
some hotch-potch for his dinner. After the doc- 
tor had tasted it, she asked him if it was good? 
To which he replied, " Very good for hogs! " — 
" Then, pray," said the lady, " let me help you 
to a little more." 

1090. — A Nobee Lord a short time ago ap- 
plied to a pawnbroker to lend him 1000 guineas 
on his wife's jewels, for which he had paid 4000. 
" Take the articles to pieces," said his lordship, 
" number the stones, and put false ones in their 
place, my lady will not distinguish them." — 
" You are too late, my lord," said the pawn- 
broker, " your lady has stole a march upon you, 
these stones are false, I bought the diamonds of 
her ladyship a twelvemonth ago." 

1091.- — At the Commencement of the 
French Revolution, when the popular excite- 
ment was at its height upon the subject of the 
Royal veto, Mirabeau heard an old woman in 
one of the fauxbourgs, bawling out, with all im- 
aginable zeal, " No veto ; no veto ! " — " My good 
woman," said Mirabeau, " I am a stranger in 
Paris, but find everybody talkino* about the veto, 
do tell me what it means." — " Means," said she, 



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" why a tax upon sugar, to be sure — so, no veto ! 
no veto ! " 

1092. — An Affectation of Knowledge, is 
always worse than an acknowledgment of actual 
ignorance. A person lately called on a friend 
to complain of a letter which he had received, 
containing matter by no means complimentary. 
" Do you know who has addressed this letter to 
you? " said his friend. " No," was the answer. 
" Then it was anonymous I suppose." — " Yes," 
replied the insulted party, with the most imper- 
turbable gravity, " Very anonymous indeed, I 
assure you." 

1093. — A French Officer was speaking at 
a table d'hote, of his first impressions on seeing 
English soldiers, and attempted to ridicule them, 
by saying, that they had faces as round as Che- 
shire cheeses. An English officer replied, " Mon- 
sieur, you are very polite, and allow me to say, 
that if your soldiers had shewed us a little more 
of their faces, and less of their backs, I should 
be very glad to return your compliment." 

1094. — A Caravan of Wied Beasts arriving 
lately in an American village, the elephant was 
accommodated in a large carriage-house — 
where, it appeared, a hale two-fisted negro from 
the country, who had never before seen or heard 
of an elephant, had laid down to sleep. On wak- 
ing, blacky was not a little astonished at his 
strange bed-fellow. What could it be ! The 
devil ! The huge mass moved, when, lo ! a tail at 



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both ends put all doubt to flight, and, with one 
despairing leap, he was out of the loft window, 
without once calculating the chance of breaking 
his fteck. In the fulness of his astonishment 
and joy at his escape, he could tell no more of 
the occasion of his alarm, than of a devil with 
two tails, and describe in his best way an extend- 
ing, contracting, flexible tail, that no distance 
could secure jou from. When the mystery was 
explained, and poor blacky a little pacified, he 
swore — " by ginny, he no so much skeer at his 
bigness — but that tarnal tail at both ends — he 
no like urn." 

1095. — A Female having been summoned be- 
fore the court of judicature in Calcutta, deposed 
that a circumstance involved in the cause oc- 
curred in her presence. The judge asked where 
it happened? She replied, " In the verandah of 
such a house." — " Pray, my good woman," said 
the judge, " how many pillars are in that ver- 
andah." — The woman not" perceiving the trap 
that was laid for her, said, without much con- 
sideration, that the verandah was supported by 
four pillars. The counsel for the opposite party, 
immediately offered to prove that the verandah 
contained five pillars, and that, consequently, no 
credit could be given to her evidence. The 
woman perceiving her error, addressed the judge, 
and said, " My lord, your lordship has for many 
years presided in this court, and every day that 
you come here you ascend a flight of stairs, may 
I beg to know how many steps these stairs con- 



132 JOE MILLER 

sist of." The judge confessed lie did not know. 
" Then," replied she, " if your lordship cannot 
tell the number of steps you daily ascend to the 
seat of justice, it cannot be astonishing that I 
should forget the number of pillars in a balcony 
which I never entered half-a-dozen times in my 
life." 

1096. — A " Poor Player " in a mixed com- 
pany, undertook to quote a passage from Shak- 
speare, that should be applicable to any remark 
that might be made by any person present. A 
forward young fellow undertook to supply a 
sentence that he believed could not be answered 
from the works of the bard; and addressing the 
player, he said, " You are the most insolent pre- 
tender in the room." — " You forget yourself," 
promptly replied the player, quoting from the 
quarrel-scene between Brutus and Cassius. 

1097. — At a Public Dinner, a gentleman 
observed a person who sat opposite use a tooth- 
pick which had just done the same service to his 
neighbour. — Wishing to apprise him of his 
mistake, he said, " I beg your pardon, Sir, but 

you are using Mr. 's tooth-pick." — " I 

know I am. By the powers, Sir, do you think 
I am not going to return it? " 

1098. — A Leicestershire Farmer who had 
never seen a silver fork, had some soup handed 
to him at a dinner lately. He found that no 
spoon was placed at his elbow. Lifting the fork, 
and twirling it in his fingers for some time, he 



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called the waiter, and requested him to bring " a 
silver spoon wi'out ony slits in it." 

1099. — A Lady, who had the pleasure of hear- 
ing Dr. Johnson read Goldsmith's Traveller 
from the beginning to the end on its first coming 
out, exclaimed, " I shall never more think Dr. 
Goldsmith ugly." — This lady, on another occa- 
sion, being in a large party, was called upon 
after supper for her toast, and seeming embar- 
rassed, she was desired to give the ugliest man 
she knew ; and she immediately named Dr. Gold- 
smith, on which a lady on the other side of the 
table rose up, and reached across to shake hands 
with her, expressing some desire of being better 
acquainted — it being the first time they had met ; 
on which Dr. Johnson said, " Thus the ancients, 
on the commencement of their friendships, used 
to sacrifice a beast betwixt them." 

1100. — Between a Protestant clergyman 
and a Roman Catholic lawyer, who had very 
little good feeling towards each other, the fol- 
lowing occurrence took place not far from Bath : 
— " If," asked the clergyman, " a neighbour's 
dog destroy my ducks, can I recover damages 
by law?" — "Certainly," replied the lawyer, 
" you can recover ; pray, what are the circum- 
stances? " — "Why, Sir, your dog, last night, 
destroyed two of my ducks." — " Indeed, then 
you certainly could recover the damages ; what is 
the amount? I'll instantly discharge it." The 
demand of four shillings and sixpence was made 
and paid, when the lawyer immediately made a 



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demand of his fee, six shillings and eightpence, 
which, unless instantly paid, he should adopt 
legal means to recover. 

1101. — Aei Hazin, an eastern writer, in his 
autobiography, assimilates himself, while labour- 
ing under sea-sickness, to a mill-horse — " my 
head goes round puzzled to know why it goes 
round." 

1102. — General Rapp was aide-de-camp to 
Buonaparte. He once ushered a dark looking 
Corsican to his presence, and took care to hold 
the door open while the interview lasted. When 
questioned by Buonaparte why he did this, "Be- 
cause," replied Rapp, " I don't put much trust 
in your Corsicans." This blunt remark caused 
much amusement. 

1103. — Lord Mansfield, when a counsellor, 
used very frequently to pass the time from Sun- 
day afternoon to Monday morning with Lord 
Foley, who was not remarkable for talent. 
Charles Townshend being asked what could in- 
duce Murray to pass his time in such company, 
answered, " Murray is a prudent fellow. From 
the nature of his business he is obliged to say a 
great deal in the course of the week, and he goes 
down to Foley's to rest his understanding." 

1104. — A Certain Lodging-House was very 
much infested by vermin — a gentleman who 
slept there one night, told the landlady so in the 
morning, when she said, " La, Sir, we haven '1" 
a single bug in the house." — " >(o, ma'am," 



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said lie, " they're all married, and have large 
families, too." 

1105. — Colonel S e of the royal ma- 
rines, was always distinguished for the perspic- 
uity and brevity of his speeches, of which the fol 
lowing is a specimen, which was delivered in go 
ing into the battle of the Nile : — Sir James 
Saumarez, who commanded the man-of-war to 
which he belonged, had, in a lengthened speech, 
wound up the feelings to the highest pitch of 
ardour for the fight, by reminding them of the 
duty they owed to their king and country ; and 
though last, not least, he desired them to call to 
mind their families, their parents, and sweet- 
hearts, and to fight as if the battle solely de- 
pended on their individual exertions. He was 
answered by looks and gestures highly expres- 
sive of their determination ; then turning to our 

hero, he said, " Now, S e, I leave you to 

speak to the marines." — Colonel S e immedi- 
ately directed their attention to the land beyond 
the French fleet. " Do you see that land there? " 
he asked. They all shouted, " Ay, ay, Sir ! " — 
" Now, my lads, that's the land of Egypt, and 
if you don't fight like devils, you'll soon be in 
the house of bondage. '* He was answered by a 
real British cheer fore and aft. 

1106. — A Cantab being out of ready cash, 
went in haste to a fellow-student to borrow, who 
happened to be in bed at the time. Shaking 
him, the Cantab demanded, — " Are you asleep? " 
— "Why?" says the student. "Because," re- 



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plied the other, " I want to borrow half-a- 
crown." — " Then," answered the student, " I'm 
asleep." 

1107. — Tom Randolph, who was then a stu- 
dent in Cambridge, having staid in London so 
long that he might truly be said to have had 
a parley with his empty purse, was resolved to 
see Ben Jonson with his associates, who, as he 
heard, at a set time, kept a club together at the 
Devil Tavern, near Temple Bar. Accordingly 
he went thither at the specified time ; but, being 
unknown to them, and wanting money, which, 
to a spirit like Tom's, was the most daunting 
thing in the world, he peeped into the room 
where they were, and was espied by Ben Johnson, 
who, seeing him in a scholar's thread-bare habit, 
cried out, " John Bo-peep, come in ! " which ac- 
cordingly he did. They immediately began to 
rhyme upon the meanness of his clothes, asking 
him if he could not make a verse, and, withal, 
to call for his quart of sack. There being but 
four of them, he immediately replied — 

I John Bo-peep, 

To yon four sheep, 
With each one his good fleece; 

If that you are willing, 

To give me five shilling, — 
'Tis fifteen pence a-piece. 

" By Jasus ! " exclaimed Ben Jonson (his 
usual oath), "I believe this is my son Ran- 
dolph ; " which being made known to them, he 



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was kindly entertained in their company, and 
Ben Jonson ever after called him his son. 

1108. — The Rev. George Harvest, fellow 
of Magdalen College, Cambridge, with a good 
heart possessed many oddities. One night, seated 
amidst all the pageantry of politeness with Lady 

O and the family, in the front box of a 

London theatre, poor Harvest, on pulling out 
his handkerchief, brought with it an old greasy 
night-cap, which fell into the pit. " Who owns 
this ? " cries a gentleman below, elevating the 
trophy at the same time on the point of his cane ; 
"Who owns this?" The unaffected Harvest, 
little considering the delicate sensations of his 
friends, and overjoyed at the recovery of this 
valuable chattel, eagerly darts out his hand, 
seizes the cap, and in the action cries out, " It is 
mine ! " The party were utterly disconcerted at 
the circumstance, and blushed for their com- 
panion, who rather expected their congratula- 
tions at the recovery of his property. 

1109. — It is Sufficiently Notorious that 
Porson was not remarkably attentive to the dec- 
orating of his person ; indeed he was at times dis- 
agreeably negligent. On 'one occasion he went 
to visit a friend, where a gentleman, who did not 
know Porson, was anxiously expecting a barber. 
On Porson's entering the library where he was 
sitting, the gentleman started up, and hastily 
exclaimed, " Are you the barber? " — " No, Sir," 
answered Porson ; " but I'm a cunning shaver, 
much at your service." 



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1110. — Herring, afterwards archbishop, 
slipped down a bank, and fell into the mud in a 
ditch near St. John's College. A wag, passing 
by at the time, exclaimed, " There, Herring, you 
are in a fine pickle now ! " A Johnian, to which 
college the immemorial privilege of punning had 
been conceded in the Spectator's time, and who 
had consequently a disposition to be pleased w T ith 
puns, went home laughing most immoderately all 
the way at the joke. Some of his fellow-col- 
legians inquiring the cause of his merriment : " I 
never heard," said he, " a better thing in my life. 
Herring, of Jesus, fell into the ditch in the 
piece, and an acquaintance said, as he lay sprawl- 
ing, ' There, Herring ! you are in a fine condi- 
tion now ! ' " — " Well," said his companions, 
" where is the wit of it, pray ? " — " Nay/' he 
said, " I am sure it was a good thing when I 
heard it." 

1111. — When the Prince of Orange, 
afterwards William the Third, came over to this 
country, five of the seven bishops who were sent 
to the Tower declared for his highness ; but the 
other two would not come into the measures. 
Upon which Dry den said, " that the seven golden 
candlesticks were sent to be assayed in the Tower, 
and five of them proved prince's metal." 

1112. — A Gentleman of Trinity College, 
travelling through France with a friend, in what, 
on that side of the water, was called a chaise, was 
very much teased with the mode of travelling, 
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he wanted to reach the next town at a set time. 
He tried gentle means of persuasion to induce 
the postillion to urge his steeds, but in vain. 
After floundering about in French, till he was 
out of all patience, for he was no great dab at it, 
and, withal, not being in possession of any of 
those emphatic phrases which are equivalent to 
such as Englishmen are accustomed to vent their 
anger in, he bethought himself, that, if he was 
not understood, he might at least frighten the 
fellow by using some high-sounding words ; and, 
collecting all the powers of eloquence of which he 
was master, with the voice of a stentor, he roared 
into the ear of the postillion : — " Westmoreland, 
Cumberland, Northumberland, Durham ! " which 
the fellow mistaking for some tremendous oath, 
accompanied with a threat, had the desired effect, 
and induced him to increase his speed. 

1113. — Dr. Boldero, formerly master of 
Jesus College, had been treated with great sever- 
ity by the protectorate for his attachment to the 
royal cause, as was Herring, at that time Bishop 
of Ely, and in whose gift the mastership of Jesus 
College is vested. On a vacancy of the master- 
ship occurring, Boldero, without any pretensions 
to the appointment, in plain English plucks up 
his spirits, or, in Homer's language, speaks to his 
magnanimous soul, and presents his petition to 
the bishop. "Who are you?" says his lord- 
ship, " I know nothing of you ! I never heard 
of you before ! " — " My lord," replied Boldero, 
" I have suffered long and severely for my at- 



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tachment to my ro} 7 al master, as well as your 
lordship, and I believe your lordship and I have 
been in all the gaols in England." — " What does 
the fellow mean ! " exclaimed the bishop ; " Man ! 
I never was confined in any prison but the 
Tower! "— " And, my lord," said Boldero, " I 
have been in all the rest myself ! " The bishop's 
heart was melted at this reply, and he granted 
B older o's petition. 

1114. — The President of a Certain Coe- 
eege in Cambridge was one evening listening at 
the door of one of the under-graduates of his col- 
lege, suspecting something improper to be pro- 
ceeding within. The student, by some means, 
having acquired a knowledge of the snare, taking 
the pot de chambre in his hand, he suddenly 
opened his door and discharged the contents over 
the president, accompanied with a kick, exclaim- 
ing, at the same time, " Get down, you rascal ! 
I'll tell the president of your listening at my 
door ! " 

1115. — Lord Melcombe, when his name was 
plain Bubb, was intended by the administration 
of that time to be sent ambassador to Spain. 
While this matter was in contemplation, Lord 
Chesterfield met him, and, touching him upon the 
proposed embassy, told Bubb, that he did not, 
by any means, think him fit to be the representa- 
tive of the crown of England, at the Spanish 
court. Bubb begged to know the ground of his 
objection : " Why," said his lordship, " your 
name is too short. Bubb, Bubb, — do you think 



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the Spaniards, a people who pride themselves on 
their family honours, and the length of their 
titles, will suppose a man can possess any dignity 
or importance, with a name of one syllabic, which 
can be pronounced in a second? No, my dear 
friend, you must not think of Spain, unless you 
make some addition to your name ! " — Bubb de- 
sired his lordship to say what he would have him 
do. Lord Chesterfield, pausing a moment, ex- 
claimed, — " I have it : what do you think of call- 
ing yourself Silly-Bubb? " 

1116. — It is Related that Dr. Mansel, 
then an undergraduate of Trinity College, Cam- 
bridge, by chance called at the rooms of a brother 
Cantab, who was absent ; but he had left on his 
table the opening of a poem, which was in the 
following lofty strain : — 

" The sun's perpendicular rays 
Illumine the depths of the sea;" 

Here the flight of the poet by some accident 
stopped short; but Dr. Mansel, who was seldom 
(if we may credit fame) lost on such occasions, 
illuminated the subject by completing the stanza 
in the following facetious style: — 

" The fishes, beginning to sweat, 
Cried, d — n it, how hot we shall be!" 

1117. — At an Examination for the degree 
of B. A. in the Senate House, Cambridge, under 
an examiner whose name was Payne, one of the 



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moral questions was — " Give a definition of hap- 
piness ? " To which one of the candidates re- 
turned the following laconic answer, — " An ex- 
emption from Payne." Some persons are so un- 
fortunate as to buy their wit at a great price, 
as was proved in the above case ; for, on the gen- 
tleman declining to apologize to Mr. Payne, he 
was suspended from his degree, for a very con- 
siderable time. 

1118. — A Student of St. John's College, 
who was remarkable for his larks and eccentric- 
ities, during the time he was dining in hall, 
called to a bon vivant, at another table, to say, 
" that he had got a fine fox in his rooms, for 
him.! " This being overheard by the marker, 
who was a kind of mongrel fetch-and-carry to a 
certain dean, and who understood the student in 
a literal sense, he took an early opportunity to in- 
form the dean of the circumstance. The stu- 
dent was very soon summoned before the master 
and seniors, for what he knew not; however, on 
entering, he was informed, " they had learned he 
kept a fox in his rooms — a thing not to be tol- 
erated by the college." — " It is very true," re- 
plied the accused ; " I have a bust of Charles 
James Fox, at your service ! " 

1119. — Through an Avenue of Trees, at, 
the back of Trinity College, a church may be 
seen at a considerable distance, the approach to 
which affords no very pleasing scenery. The 
late Professor Porson, on a time, walking that 
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remarked, " That it put him in mind of a fellow- 
ship, which was a long dreary walk, with a 
church at the end of it." 

1120. — Quin having had an invitation from 
a certain nobleman, who was reputed to keep a 
very elegant table, to dine with him, and having 
no manner of aversion to a good repast, he ac- 
cordingly waited on his lordship, but found the 
regale far from answering his expectations. 
Upon taking leave, the servants, who were very 
numerous, had ranged themselves in the hall. 
Quin finding that if he gave to each of them it 
would amount to a pretty large sum, asked, 
which was the cook ? who readily answered, " Me, 
Sir." He then inquired for the butler, who was 
as quick in replying as the other; when he said 
to the first, " Here is half a crown for my eat- 
ing ; " and to the other, " Here is five shillings 
for my wine ; but, upon my word, gentlemen, I 
never had so bad a dinner for the money in my 
life." 

1121. — A Jockey Lord met his old college 
tutor at a great horse fair. " Ah ! doctor," ex- 
claimed his lordship, " what brings you here 
among these highbred cattle ? Do you think you 
can distinguish a horse from an ass? " — " My 
lord," replied the tutor, " I soon perceived you 
among these horses." 

1122. — A Lady invited Dean Swift to dinner, 
and as she heard he was not easily pleased, she 
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delicacy which could be procured. The Dean 
was scarcely seated before the lady began a cere- 
monious harangue, expressing much grief that 
she had not a more tolerable dinner, fearing ex- 
ceedingly there was not anything fit for him to 
eat. " Plague take you," said the Dean, " why 
did you not provide a better? certainly you have 
had time enough ; but since you say it is so bad, 
I'll e'en go home and eat a herring ; " and he ac- 
cordingly departed in violent haste. 

1123. — When the Valiant Gustavus 
Adoephus, King of Sweden, attacked Poland, 
he took the town of Riga, and, after other vari- 
ous successes, laid siege to Mew. Here, in the 
hurry and confusion of the conflict, Gustavus fell 
twice into the enemy's hands. How he escaped 
the first time cannot be well ascertained; but he 
was extricated a second time by the admirable 
presence of mind of a Swedish horseman, who 
(to conceal his majesty's quality) cried aloud to 
the Poles, " Have a care of yourselves, for we 
will rescue my brother ; " since, by the way, it 
must be noted, that he had three or four com- 
panions at his elbow: this task he performed in 
an instant. When, not long afterwards, Gustavus 
perceived his deliverer made a prisoner in his 
turn, he put himself at the head of a troop, and 
brought him off triumphantly. " Now," says he, 
"brother soldier, we arc upon equal terms; for 
the obligation is become reciprocal." 

1124. — The Emperor Rodolphus Aus- 
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ncss, a merchant came before liim with a com- 
plaint against an inn-keeper, who had cheated 
him of a bag of money which he had deposited 
in his hands, but which the other denied ever hav- 
ing received. The emperor asked what evidence 
he had of the fact; and the merchant replied, 
that no person was at all privy to the affair but 
the two parties. The emperor next inquired 
what kind of bag it was ; and when the merchant 
had described it particularly, he was ordered to 
withdraw into the next room. The emperor was 
about to send for the inn-keeper, when, fortu- 
nately, the man came himself just in time, with 
the principal inhabitants of the place, to wait 
upon his majesty. The emperor knew him very 
well; and as Rudolphus was very pleasant in his 
manner, he accosted him familiarly, saying, 
" You have a handsome cap, pray give it to me, 
and let us exchange." The inn-keeper, being 
very proud of this distinction, readily presented 
his cap ; and his majesty soon after retiring, sent 
a trusty and well known inhabitant of the city to 
the wife of the host, saying, " Your husband 
desires you would send him such a bag of money, 
for he has a special occasion for it ; and by this 
token he has sent his cap." The woman delivered 
the bag without any suspicion, and the messen- 
ger returned with it to the emperor, who asked 
the merchant if he knew it, and he owned it with 
joy. Next the host was called in, to whom the 
emperor said, " This man accuses you of having 
defrauded him of a bag of money committed to 



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your trust — what say you to the charge ? " The 
inn-keeper boldly said, " it was a lie, or that the 
man must be mad, for he had never any concerns 
with him whatever." Upon this the emperor pro- 
duced the bag; at the sight of which the host 
was so confounded, that he stammered out a con- 
fession of his guilt. The merchant received his 
money, and the culprit was fined very heavily for 
his guilt, while all Germany resounded in praise 
of the sagacity of the emperor. 

1125. — Mallet was so fond of being thought 
a sceptic, that he indulged this weakness on all 
occasions. His wife, it is said, was a complete 
convert to his doctrines, and even the servants 
stared at their master's bold arguments, without 
being poisoned by their influence. One fellow, 
however, who united a bad heart to an unsettled 
head, was determined to practise what Mallet 
was so solicitous to propagate, and robbed his 
master's house. Being pursued, and brought be- 
fore a justice, Mallet attended, and taxed him 
severely with ingratitude and dishonesty. 
" Sir," said the fellow, " I have often heard you 
talk of the impossibility of a future state ; that, 
after death, there was neither reward for virtue, 
nor punishment for vice, and this tempted me to 
commit the robbery." — " Well ! but, you rascal," 
replied Mallet, " had you no fear of the gal- 
lows?" — "Master," said the culprit, looking 
sternly at him, " What is it to you, if I had a 
mind to venture that? You had removed my 
greatest terror; why should I fear the less?" 



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1126. — Garrick one day dining with a large 
company, soon after dinner left the room, and it 
was supposed had left the house ; but one of the 
party, on going into the area to seek him, found 
Mr. Garrick fully occupied in amusing a Negro 
boy, who was a servant in the family, by mimick- 
ing the manner and noise of a turkey-cock, 
which diverted the boy to such a degree, that he 
was convulsed with laughter, and only able now 
and then to utter, " Oh, Massa Garrick ! you will 
kill me, Massa Garrick." 

1127. — An Author was reading some bad 
verses in his poem to a friend in a very cold 
apartment. The critic cried out, in a shaking 
fit, " My dear friend, either put fire into your 
verses, or your verses into the fire, or I shall not 
be able to stand here any longer." 

1128. — The Celebrated Rabelais, when he 
was at a great distance from Paris, and without 
money to bear his expenses thither, procured 
some brickdust, and having disposed of it into 
several papers, wrote upon one, " poison for 
monsieur," upon a second, " poison for the dau- 
phin," and on a third, " poison for the king." 
Having made this provision for the royal family 
of France, he laid his papers in such a manner 
that they might be seen by the landlord, who was 
an inquisitive man, and a loyal subject. The 
plot succeeded as he could wish : the host secured 
his guest, and gave immediate information to the 
secretary of state of what he had discovered. 
The secretary presently sent down a special mes- 



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senger, who brought up the pretended traitor to 
court, and provided him, at the king's expense, 
with proper accommodation on the road. As soon 
as he appeared, he was known; and his powder, 
upon examination, being found perfectly inno- 
cent, the jest was only laughed at; but for which 
an inferior wit would probably have been sent to 
the galleys. 

1129. — Peter Heine, a Dutchman, from a 
cabin-boy, rose to the rank of an admiral. He 
was killed in an action at the moment his fleet 
triumphed over that of Spain. The states-gen- 
eral sent a deputation to his mother, at Delft, 
to condole with her on the loss of her son. This 
simple old woman, who still remained in her 
original obscurity, answered the deputies in these 
words : " I always foretold that Peter would 
perish like a miserable wretch that he was ; he 
loved nothing but rambling about from one coun- 
try to another, and now he has received the re- 
ward of his folly." 

1130. — Agesieaus being asked why Sparta 
had no walls, shewed its armed citizens, saying, 
" These are the walls of Sparta." 

1131. — Malherbe, the famous reformer of 
French poetry, and of the French language, 
dined one day at the table of a bishop, who was 
to preach a sermon the same evening, but- who 
was more hospitable than eloquent. The dinner 
was good, the wines delicious ; and the poet hav- 
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want of enlivening conversation. When the 
hour came for the bishop's going to church, he 
shook Malherbe by the arm, and said, " It is time 
to start, Malherbe. You know I am to preach 
this evening." — " Ah, my lord," said the poet, 
" be so good as to excuse me, for I can sleep very 
well where I am." 

1132. — When Sir Walter Raleigh re- 
turned from his discovery of Virginia, he 
brought with him a quantity of tobacco, which 
he used to smoke privately in his study. But 
the first time of his doing it there, his man-ser- 
vant bringing his usual tankard of ale and nut- 
meg, the poor fellow, seeing the smoke pouring 
forth in clouds from his mouth, threw all the 
contents of the tankard in his face, and then 
ran down stairs, exclaiming, " That his master 
was on fire, and, before they could get to him, 
would be burnt to ashes." 

1133. — A Frenchman, who had immediate 
occasion to stop under a gateway, saw a sow and 
a litter of pigs pass him. He stood some time 
admiring the diversity of colours, till he found 
an opportunity of popping one under his coat 
and running off with it. This he attempted, 
but was pursued by the hostler, who overtook 
and seized him with the pig in his possession. 
He was taken to Bow-street, and fully com- 
mitted. When the trial came on the circum- 
stances of the theft being clearly proved, he was 
found guilty, and asked what he had to say why 
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trouble you attendez two tree vord vat I sail say. 
I French gentleman, I no understand vat you 
call de tief dis country. Mais I vil tell you tout 
d'affair, and you vill find dat I am innocent. 
Me lor, I never tief a pig my lifetime." — " Why 
it was found upon you." — " Oh, certainly, but 
I was take him with his own consent." — "How 
do you mean? " — " Vy, ven I was see de mamma 
pig, and his childrens, I was very much in love 
vid them ; and dis little pig, I look his face, I 
say, you pretty little fellow, will you come live 
Add me for one month ? He says a-week ! a-week ! 
So I have taken him for a-week, dat's all." 

1134. — When Dr. Franklin applied to the 
king of Prussia to lend his assistance to Amer- 
ica, " Pray, doctor," said the veteran, " what is 
the object you mean to attain?" — "Liberty, 
Sire," replied the philosopher of Philadelphia: 
" liberty ! that freedom which is the birth-right 
of man." The king, after a short pause, made 
this memorable and kingly answer : " I was born 
a prince, I am become a king, and I will not use 
the power which I possess to the ruin of my own 
trade." 

1135. — Two Gentlemen at Bath having a 
difference, one went to the other's door early in 
the morning, and wrote " Scoundrel " upon it. 
The other called upon his neighbour, and was 
answered by a servant, that his master was not 
at home, but if he had anything to say he might 
leave it with him. " No, no," says he, " I was 



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only going to return your master's visit, as he 
left his name at my door in the morning." 

1136. — Miners arc known to be a supersti- 
tious race. In some extensive mines in Wales, 
the men frequently saw the Devil, and when once 
he had been seen, the men would work no more 
that day. This became serious, for the old gen- 
tleman repeated his visits so frequently, that it 
became an injury to the proprietor. He at last 
called his men together, and told them it was 
very certain that the devil never appeared to 
anybody who had not deserved to be so terrified, 
and that as he was determined to keep no rogues 
about him, he was resolved to discharge the first 
man that saw the devil again. The remedy was 
as efficient as if he had turned a stream of holy 
water into the mine. 

1137. — At a Late Review of a volunteer 
corps, not twenty miles from Norwich, the major, 
who gave the word, not finding the men so expert 
as he had wished, was perpetually calling, " As 
you were — as you were," and putting them 
twice through the ordered manoeuvre ; the in- 
specting officer at length, losing all patience, ex- 
claimed, " As you were! No, I'll be d d if 

}^ou are as you were ; for you are not half so good 
as you were the last time I saw you." 

1138. — At a Fashionable Whist Party, a 
lady having won a rubber of 20 guineas, the 
gentleman who was her opponent pulled out his 
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The fair gamester observed, with a disdainful 
toss of her head, " In the great houses which 
I frequent, Sir, we always use gold." — " That 
may be, Madam," replied the gentleman, " but 
in the little houses which I frequent, we always 
use paper." 

1139. — A Speculative Gentleman, wishing 
to teach his horse to do without food, starved 
him to death. " I had a great loss," said he ; 
" for, just as he learned to live without eating, 
he died." 

1140. — A Citizen of London having made 
his fortune, thought the best way to employ 
his money, was in building a row of houses in 
Whitechapel, to let out in tenements ; which, 
after he had built, he unadvisedly let one of them 
to a coppersmith for a term of lease, when un- 
luckily the driving of the nails and the hammers 
became such a nuisance, that the other neigh- 
bouring tenants gave warning upon it to the 
landlord, who went immediately to the copper- 
smith and offered him any terms to give up the 
lease, which he could not prevail upon him to do ; 
when he luckily happened to mention it before 
an officer of the guards, who said, if that he 
would give him five guineas, and suffer him to be 
in the next house to him, that he would effec- 
tually force him out ; which the other agreed to. 
Accordingly, he got two drummers, and ordered 
them to keep a continual drumming; which so 
alarmed and hindered the coppersmith, that he 
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they work, must hear their own blows, or else 
they are liable to strike the nail too much on the 
head, and when it is almost even with the sur- 
face for it to come loose again ; so this expedient 
not only served the landlord, but also gave the 
officer the means of enlisting his men, as the} T 
could not work, and were idle. 

1141. — A Young Man told his friend that 
he dreamed that he had struck his foot against 
a sharp nail. " Why then, do you sleep without 
your shoes? " was the reply. 

1142. — A Countryman, very much marked 
with the small-pox, applied to a justice of the 
peace for redress in an affair where one of his 
neighbours had ill-treated him ; but not explain- 
ing the business so clearly as the justice ex- 
pected, " Fellow," said the justice, in a rage, 
" I don't know whether you were inoculated for 
the small-pox or not ; but I am sure you have 
been for stupidity." — " Why, and please your 
honour," replied the man, " perhaps I might, as 
you say, be inoculated for stupidity, but there 
was no occasion to perform that upon your wor- 
ship, for you seem to have had it in the natural 
way." 

1143. — A Robustious Countryman, meet- 
ing a physician, ran to hide behind a wall ; being 
asked the cause, he replied, " It is so long since 
I have been sick, that I am ashamed to look a 
physician in the face." 

1144. — A Citizen, seeing some sparrows in 



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a tree, went beneath and shook it, holding out 
his hat to catch them as they fell. 

1145. — Selden tells this story: — A person 
of quality came to my chamber, in the Temple, 
and told me that he had two devils in his head 
(I wondered what he meant), and just at that 
time one of them bid him kill me: with that, I 
began to be afraid, and thought he was mad. 
He said he knew I could cure him, and therefore 
entreated me to give him something, for he was 
resolved he would go to nobody else. I per- 
ceived what an opinion he had of me, and that it 
was only melancholy that troubled him, took it 
in hand, and warranted him, if he would follow 
my directions, to cure him in a short time. I 
desired him to let me alone for about half an 
hour, and then come again, which he was very 
willing to do. In the meantime I got a card, 
and lapped it up handsome in a piece of taffeta, 
put strings to the taffeta, and when he came I 
gave it him to hang about his neck, charging 
him that he should not disorder himself either 
with eating or drinking, but eat very little sup- 
per, and say his prayers duly when he went to 
bed, and I made no question but he would be 
well in three or four days. Within that time, 
I went to dinner at his house, and asked him how 
he did. He said he was much better, but not 
perfectly well; for, in truth, he had not dealt 
clearly with me. He had four devils in his head, 
and he perceived two of them were gone, with 
that which I had given him, but the other two 



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troubled him still. " Well," said I, " I am glad 
two of them are gone, and I make no doubt but 
to get away the others." So I gave him another 
thing to hang likewise about his neck. Three 
days after that he came to see me at my chamber 
and professed he was as well as ever he was in his 
life, and thanked me for the great care I had 
of him. I, fearing lest he might relapse into 
the like distemper, told him that there was none 
but myself, and one physician more in the whole 
town, that could cure the devils in the head, and 
that was Dr. Harvey, whom I had prepared, and 
wished him, if ever he found himself ill in my 
absence, to go to him, for he could cure his 
disease as well as myself.— The gentleman lived 
many years, and was never troubled after. 

1146. — The Son of a fond father, when 
going to war, promised to bring home the head n 
of one of the enemy. His parent replied, " I 
should be glad to see you come home without a 
head, provided you come safe." 

1147. — The Following Advertisement 
was posted up at North Shields : — " Whereas 
several idle and disorderly persons have lately 
made a practice of riding on an ass, belonging 

to Mr. , the head of the Ropary Stairs : 

now, lest any accident should happen, he takes 
this method of informing the public, that he is 
determined to shoot his said ass, and cautions any 
person who may be riding on it at the time, to 
take care of himself, lest by some unfortunate 
mistake he should shoot the wrong one.'* 






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1148. — A Man meeting his friend, said, " I 
spoke to you last night in a dream." — " Pardon 
me," replied the other, " I did not hear you." 

1149. — A Fellow had to cross a river, and 
entered the boat on horseback ; being asked the 
cause, he replied, " I must ride, because I am in 
a hurry." 

1150. — An Eccentric Barber, some years 
ago, opened a shop under the walls of the King's 
Bench prison. The windows being broken when 
he entered it, he mended them with paper, on 
which appeared — " Shave for a penny," with 
the usual invitation to customers; and over the 
door was scrawled these lines: 

" Here lives Jemmy Wright, 
Shaves as well as any man in England, 
Almost — not quite." 

Foote (who loved any thing eccentric) saw these 
inscriptions, and hoping to extract some wit 
from the author, whom he justly concluded to 
be an odd character, he pulled off his hat, and 
thrusting his head through a paper pane into the 
shop, called out, " Is Jemmy Wright at home? " 
The barber immediately forced his own head 
through another pane into the street, and re- 
plied, " No, Sir, he has just popt out." Foote 
laughed heartily, and gave the man a guinea. 

1151. — " Pray, Mr. Abernethy, what is the 
cure for gout? " asked an indolent and luxurious 
citizen. — " Live upon sixpence a day, and earn 
it ! " was the pithy answer. 



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1152. — The " Editio Princeps " of Virgil, 
now in the possession of a noble earl, was some 
years ago discovered in a monastery in Suabia. 
The good old monks, to whom this and several 
other valuable books belonged, could not be pre- 
vailed on to part with this copy for money. It 
happened, however, that they were remarkably 
fond of old hock. This was found out by an 
English connoisseur, who, for seven guineas' 
worth of hock, obtained this rare copy of Virgil, 
which he afterwards sold to a book collector for 
501. To the present possessor it cost no less 
than 400Z. 

1153. — When Wilkes had written his poem, 
the " Essay on Woman," he sent it in manuscript 
to the Archbishop of Canterbury, with a letter, 
expressing his anxiety not to publish anything 
offensive to public morals, and requesting that if 
his grace, in perusing it, met with any passages 
that might be deemed objectionable, he would 
erase them, or make such alterations as to his 
grace might seem necessary. The good arch- 
bishop, quite unconscious of the snare that was 
laid for him, was actually preparing to give 
Wilkes the benefit of his advice, when a friend, 
who was made acquainted with the circumstance, 
dissuaded his grace from the task, assuring him, 
that if he did it, Wilkes would still publish the 
" Essay on Woman," and announce that it was 
" corrected and revised by his Grace the Lord 
Archbishop of Canterbury." 

1154. — When Leti, the historian, was one 



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day attending the levee of Charles the Second, 
he said to him, " Leti, I hear that you are writing 
the History of the Court of England." — " Sir, 
I have been for some time preparing materials 
for such a history." — " Take care that your 
work give no offence," said the prince. — Leti 
replied, " Sir, I will do what I can, but if a man 
were as wise as Solomon, he would scarcely be 
able to avoid giving offence." — " Why, then," 
rejoined the king, " be as wise as Solomon ; write 
proverbs, not histories." 

1155. — One Day, when King James the First 
had been perusing a work, entitled, " A De- 
scription of the Policy of the Church of Eng- 
land," written by the historian Calderwood, he 
was peevish and disconcerted. A prelate stand- 
ing by, inquired of his majesty the cause of his 
uneasiness? He replied, that he had been read- 
ing such a work. To this the prelate replied, 
" Don't trouble your majesty about that, we will 
answer it." In a passion the king replied, 
"What would you answer, man? There is 
nothing here but scripture, reason, and the 
fathers." 

1156. — When Skeeton published his " De- 
ism Revealed," the Bishop of London asked the 
Bishop of Clogher if he knew the author? " Oh, 
yes, he has been a curate in my diocese near these 
twenty years." — " More shame for your lordship 
to let a man of his merit continue so long a curate 
in your diocese," was the reply. 



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1157. — It was an observation of Sir John, 
father of the celebrated Sir Thomas More, " that 
the choice of a wife was like putting one's hand 
into a bag full of snakes, with only one eel in it ; 
we may by a possibility light on the eel, but it 
is a hundred to one we are stung by a snake." 
From the circumstance of his having put his own 
hand into the bag three times, it is to be inferred 
that he was more fortunate than wife-hunters in 
general. 

1158. — Two Highlanders set out an ex- 
pedition to steal the litter of a wild sow, which 
lay in a narrow-mouthed cave. Seizing the op- 
portunity of the tender parent's absence, one of 
the men crept in, and the other kept watch at the 
mouth. Presently down came the sow distracted, 
as if informed of what was passing, by the in- 
stinct of maternal concern, and rushed with men- 
acing tusks to her door ; the guard, as she 
slipped into the passage, had but just time to lay 
hold of her tail, give it a firm twist round his 
strong hand, and throwing himself down and 
setting his feet against the sides of the pass, he 
held her fast. He had enough to do, and no 
breath to waste. The young pigs were squeak- 
ing under the hands of his companion, and the 
old one, to the fondest of pig's hearts, added the 
strongest of pig's sinews, and the most wilful 
of pig's purposes. The Highlander in the cave 
was too much engaged with the screaming little 
pigs to hear the tussle, but finding himself in 
darkness, he called out to .his mate, 



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matter? I canna see." The fellow, who by this 
time had found a pig's tail a most uneasy tenure, 
and who had no wind for explanations, answered 
thus, expressly and briefly denoting the precise 
posture of the case, — " An the tail break, you'll 
see." He presently, however, got his skene dim 
in his left hand, with which by repeated stabs he 
laid the body of the unfortunate sow dead at 
his feet, saved his companion from imminent 
peril, and secured the plunder, without once 
slackening his hold of the tail. 

1159. — A Gentleman had a cask of Ami- 
nean wine, from which his servant stole a large 
quantity. When the master perceived the de- 
ficiency, he diligently inspected the top of the 
cask, but could find no traces of an opening. 
" Look if there be not a hole in the bottom," said 
a bystander. — " Blockhead," he replied, " do 
you not see that the deficiency is at the top, and 
not at the bottom." 

1160. — Voltaire, in the presence of an Eng- 
lishman, was one day enlarging with great 
warmth in the praise of the celebrated Haller, 
extolling him as a great poet, a great natural- 
ist, and a man of universal attainments. The 
Englishman, who had been on a visit to Haller, 
answered, that it was handsome in Monsieur de 
Voltaire to speak so favourably of Monsieur 
Haller, inasmuch as Monsieur Haller was by no 
means so liberal to Monsieur de Voltaire. 
" Alas ! " said Voltaire, with an air of philo- 



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sophic indulgence, " I dare to say we are both 
very much mistaken ! " 

1161. — One Day when Sir Isaac Heard was 
with his majesty, King George III., it was an- 
nounced that his majesty's horse was ready to 
start for hunting. — " Sir Isaac," said the mon- 
arch, " are you a judge of horses? " — " In my 
younger days, please your majesty," was the re- 
ply, " I was a great deal among them." — " What 
do you think of this, then? " said the king, who 
was by this time preparing to mount his favour- 
ite; and without waiting for an answer, added, 
" We call him Perfection.'''' — " A most appro- 
priate name," replied the courtly herald, bowing 
as his majesty reached the saddle, — " for he 
bears the best of characters! " 

1162. — A Certain Colonel, who had a 
strange humour, when he had drank a glass or 
two too much, of firing off and playing tricks 
with his weapons, one night having drank too 
freely, ordered his footman, who was an Irishman 
newly hired, to bring his pistols. Teague 
obeyed; the colonel loaded them both, and, hav- 
ing locked the door, commanded his man to hold 
one of the candles at arm's length, till he snuffed 
it with the ball. Prayers and entreaties were in 
vain, and comply he must, and did, though 
trembling; the colonel performed the operation 
at the first attempt, then laying down his 
pistols, was going to unlock the door. Teague 
catches up thpt whieh was loaded, " Arrah, 
maister," says he, " but I will be after having my 



162 JOE MILLER 

shoot too." The colonel called him rogue and 
rascal to no purpose. Teague was now vested 
with power, and would be obeyed. Accordingly 
his master extended the candle, but this being 
the first time of Teague's performing, he not 
only missed, but shot off a button from the 
breast of the colonel's coat. So narrow an escape 
had a good effect, and cured him of his humour 
of turning marksman in his drink. 

1163. — An Officer who was quartered in a 
country town, being once asked to a ball, was ob- 
served to sit sullen in a corner for some hours. 
One of the ladies present, being desirous of rous- 
ing him from his reverie, accosted him with, 
" Pray, Sir, are you not fond of dancing? " — 
" I am very fond of dancing, madam," was the 
reply. — " Then why not ask some of the ladies 
that are disengaged to be your partner, and 
strike up? " — " Why, madam, to be frank with 
you, I do not see one handsome woman in the 
room." — " Sir, yours, et cetera," said the lady, 
and with a slight courtesy left him, and joined 
her companions, who asked her what had been 
her conversation with the captain. " It was too 
good to be repeated in prose," said she ; " lend 
me a pencil, and I will try to give } t ou the out- 
line in rhyme." 

"So, Sir, you rashly vow and swear, 
You'll dance with none that are not fair, 
Suppose we women should dispense 
Our hands to none but men of sense ; " 
" Suppose! well, madam, prny what then?" 
" Why, Sir, you'd never dance again." 



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1164. — George II. seemed to have none of 
that love of individual and distinct property 
which has marked the character of many sov- 
ereigns. His majesty came one day to Richmond 
gardens, and, finding them locked while some 
decently dressed persons were standing on the 
outside, called for the head gardener, and told 
him, in a great passion, to open the door im- 
mediately. — " My subjects," said his majesty, 
" walk where they please." — On another occa- 
sion, the same gardener was complaining that 
some of the company, in their walks round the 
garden, had pulled up flowers, roots, and shrubs ; 
the king, shaking his cane, replied, " Plant more 
then, you blockhead." 

1165. — The Duke of Mantua once observed 
to the celebrated Perron, that the court - jester 
was a fellow without either wit or humour. 
" Your grace must pardon me," said Perron ; 
" I think he has a great deal of wit to live by 
a trade that he does not understand." 

1166. — The Facetious Mr. Bearcroft, 
told his friend Mr. Vansittart, " Your name is 
such a long one, I shall drop the sittart, and call 
you Van, for fcLa future." — " With all my 
heart," said he : " by the same rule, I shall drop 
croft, and call you Bear! " 

1167. — In a Life of St. Francis Xavier, 
written by an Italian monk, it is said, " that by 
one sermon he converted 10,000 persons in a 
desert island! " 



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1168. — Among a Company of Cheerful 
Irishmen, in the neighbourhood of St. Giles's, 
it was proposed by the host to make a gift of a 
couple of fowls to him that off-hand should 
write six lines in poetry of his own composing. 
Several of the merry crew attempted unsuccess- 
fully to gain the prize. At length the wittiest 
among them thus ended the contest: 

Good friends, as I'm to make a po'm, 

Excuse me if I just step home; 

Two lines already ! — be not cru'l, 

Consider honies, I'm a fool. 

There's four lines — now I'll gain the fowls, 

With which I soon shall fill my bow'ls. 

1169. — Dr. Johnson was so accustomed to 
say always the exact truth, that he never con- 
descended to give an equivocal answer to any 
question ; of which the following is an instance, 
as related by Mr. Northcote. — A lady of his ac- 
quaintance once asked him how it happened that 
he was never invited to dine at the tables of the 
great? "He replied, " Because, madam, great 
lords and ladies do not like to have their mouths 
stopped ! " 

1170. — The Royal Society, on the day of 
its creation, was the whetstone of the wit of their 
patron, Charles II. With a peculiar gravity of 
countenance, he proposed to the assembly the 
following question for their solution : — " Sup- 
pose two pails of water were fixed in two differ- 
ent scales equally poised, and which weighed 
equally alike, and that two live bream or small 



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fish, were put into either of these pails, he wanted 
to know the reason why that pail, with such addi- 
tion, should not weigh more than the other pail 
which stood against it." — Every one was ready 
to set fit quiet the royal curiosity ; but it ap- 
peared that every one was giving a different 
opinion. One, at length, offered so ridiculous a 
solution, that another of the members could not 
refrain from a loud laugh ; when the King, turn- 
ing to him, insisted that he should give his senti- 
ments as well as the rest. This he did without 
hesitation, and told his majesty, in plain terms, 
that he denied the fact. On which the King, in 
high mirth, exclaimed, " Odds fish, brother, you 
are in the right ! " 

1171. — In a Certain Company, the conver- 
sation having fallen on the subject of craniology, 
and the organ of drunkenness being alluded to 
among others, a lady suggested that this must be 
the barrel-organ. 

1172. — William Vandervelde the old, the 
famous painter of sea-pieces, w r as so fond of his 
art, that in order justly to observe the move- 
ments and various positions of his ships engag- 
ing in a sea-fight, that he might design them 
from nature, and unite truth w T ith grandeur and 
elegance in his compositions, he did not hesitate 
to attend those engagements in a small light ves- 
sel, and sail as near to his enemies as his friends, 
attentive only to his drawing, and without the 
least apparent anxiety for the danger to which 
he w r as every moment exposed. Of that bold and 



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dauntless disposition he gave two very convinc- 
ing proofs before his arrival in England ; the one 
was in that severe battle between the Duke of 
York and Admiral Opdam, in which the Dutch 
Admiral and 500 men were blown up — the other 
w T as in that memorable engagement, which con- 
tinued three days, between Admiral Monck and 
Admiral de Ruyter. During the continuance of 
these different engagements, Vandervelde plied 
between the fleets, so as to represent minutely 
every movement of the ships, and the most ma- 
terial circumstances of the action, with incred- 
ible exactness and truth. 

1173. — Durixg the Time that martial law 
was in force in Ireland, and the people were pro- 
hibited from having fire-arms in their posses- 
sion, some mischevious varlets gave information 
that a Mr. Scanlon, of Dublin, had three mor- 
tars in his house. A magistrate, with a party of 
dragoons in his train, surrounded the house, and 
demanded, in the king's name, that the mortars 
should be delivered to him. ^£p. Scanlon, a 
respectable apothecary, immediately produced 
them, adding, that as they were useless without 
the pestles, these also were at his majesty's ser- 
vice. 

1174. — The Following Story was related 
by the Nabob of Arcot to an English lady : — A 
certain man fell asleep under a tree, whilst his 
friend was sitting beside him. A snake came 
down from tto hrandhes, and the friond en- 
deavoured to kill it : but the snake said, " I will 



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not depart till I have tasted of that man's blood, 
for this purpose was I sent thither." — " Since it 
is so," replied the friend ; " I cannot possibly 
avert the decrees of God ; " then taking a knife, 
he opened a vein in the man's neck, who awoke, 
saw the knife, and the blood gushing forth, but 
closed his eyes again and remained silent. The 
snake drank the blood and went away. The 
friend immediately applied to a surgeon, and 
adopted means to stop the bleeding. Some 
months after, a person asked this man why he 
had been so calm, and shut his eyes when he saw 
the bloody knife. " To this hour," he replied, 
" I do not know the reason of that man's action ; 
but I suppose it was for my good ; therefore I 
would not mistrust him, nor make any inquiry 
into the circumstance. I believe him my friend 
— Friendship can never doubt — and to that man 
in whom my heart confides, I will intrust my 
body." — " This, and no less than this," said the 
young Nabob, " we call Friendship." 

1175. — Not Many Years Ago, a man was 
hanged at a country town in Ireland for highway 
robbery ; but his friends having taken the body 
to a house, fancied that they discovered some 
signs of life, and immediately applied to a sur- 
geon, who, with considerable difficulty, succeeded 
in restoring the man to his senses. Finding him- 
self much annoyed by the multitude of visitors, 
and the questions which they asked respecting 
his short excursion to the other world, the man 
declared that he would not gratify their curios- 



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ity until each person should have paid the sum 
of two pence. With this demand they readily 
complied, and he very seriously informed them, 
that at the moment when he was recalled to this 
world by the surgeon's assistance, he had just 
arrived at the gates of heaven, where he saw St. 
Peter sitting with the kays in his hand. This 
anecdote was related by the surgeon as a matter 
of fact, to a gentleman now residing in London. 
1176. — Francis I., that gallant prince who 
revived literature, had the merit of restoring the 
beard also, which had been proscribed by several 
of his predecessors, but it was so arranged and 
shaped as to form a new adornment to the face. 
This resoration gave rise to the beardite and anti- 
beardite factions. The clergy assumed the 
beard, but it was only the court clergy. There 
was a signal victory gained by the anti-beard- 
ites, which deserves particular notice. William 
Duprat coming bearded to take possession of his 
bishopric of Clermont, the dean of the canons, 
attended by all the chapter, stopped him at 
the church gates, and respectfully presenting to 
him a large pair of scissars on a silver tray, pro- 
tested that he should neither receive homage, nor 
be received himself, until he had repudiated his 
beard. William yielded with a good grace, and 
entered amidst the acclamations of the canons, 
carrying the spoils of their bishop's chin in 
triumph. It was under Louis XIII. that the 
beard disappeared from the French court, never 
to return. 



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1177. — Lord Polk km kt (a lord of session) 
invited once a member of the Scottish bar, to 
tak a family dinner with himsel, his wife, and 
bairns. When dinner was served up, there ap- 
peared a joint of roast veal at the head of the 
table ; stewed veal at the bottom ; vcal-soup in 
the middle; \cal 9 s-head on one side of the soup, 
and \cn\-cutlets on the other ; calf s-foot jelly be- 
tween the veal-soup and the roast veal, and veal's 
brains between the stewed veal and veal-soup. 
" A r oo," quoth his lordship, in his own blunt 
way, " Mr. H. you may very likely think this an 
odd sort of dinner ; but ye'll no wonder when ye 
ken the cause of it. We keep nae company, Mr. 
H. ; and Miss B. here, my daughter, caters for 
our table. The way we do is just this : — we kill 
a beast, as it were to-day, and we begin to cook 
it at one side of the head, travel down that side, 
turn the tail, and just gang back again by the 
other side to where we began." 

1178. — A GerMxVn of the name of Klotch, 
a very worthy man, was cook and maitre d'hotel 
to the Empress Catherine. Though old, he was 
a court beau, and very spruce about the head ; 
and, being a favourite with her imperial majesty, 
used to hand some particular dishes to her on 
great occasions. One of the torments in high 
northern latitudes, where the summer is so short 
and hot, is the innumerable hosts of flies that 
tease you. Some wags, aware of this, got the 
old gentleman's best bag-wig, and powdered it 
with the finest pulverized double refined white 



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sugar ; so that, when he waited at table, he was 
beset, like Pharaoh, with the worst of his plagues. 
He beat with his hands, blew, puffed, reddened in 
the face, and at last, no longer able to bear silently 
the torment he endured, burst out suddenly with 
the exclamation of " Donder and blitz vas is das 
for a fly summer! " Her majesty, aware of the 
trick, soothed him; and, affecting to wonder the 
flies should exclusively level all their stings at 
him, advised him to pull off his wig, which he re- 
luctantly was obliged to do, and actually finished 
his attendance in a full dress suit of embroid- 
ered clothes, with his naked shaved head, to 
the no small amusement of the company pres- 
ent. 

1179. — A Certain King of Spain, from 
whom by the fate of battle a large extent of 
territory had been taken away, nevertheless con- 
tinued to receive from his courtiers the title of 
Great. " His greatness," said a Spaniard, " is 
like that of a ditch, which increases in propor- 
tion to the ground it loses." 

1180. — An Astrologer of the 15th Cen- 
tury having foretold the death of a beautiful 
woman, whom Louis XI. loved, and who hap- 
pened to die according to his prediction, the king 
was so enraged that he ordered him into his 
presence. " You who foresee all," said Louis, 
" tell me when you yourself shall die." The 
man, who without being a conjuror perceived the 
ancrer of the king, replied, " I shall die three 
days before your majesty." Fear and supersti- 



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tion got the better of resentment : and to preserve 
his own life, Louis was very careful of that of the 
astrologer. 

1181. — A Lady, who was pressed for time in 
the progress of some business, which was very im- 
portant to her, and who was going to her at- 
torney to consult with him about the proceed- 
ings which were going on, to avoid a circuitous 
route went in at one door of a church, during the 
time of divine service, and passed out at the 
other. In reply to some reproof which she re- 
ceived for having done so, she said, " You must 
acknowledge that I am a thorough church- 
woman." 

1182. — Charles the Sixth of France gave 
a masquerade, in which himself and five cour- 
tiers played the parts of satyrs ; to resemble 
which, they were clothed in close linen habits, be- 
smeared with rosin, and then stuck with down all 
over. One of the company, in a frolic touched 
one of these satyrs with a lighted torch as they 
were dancing in a ring. The consequence was, 
that all the six masks, or satyrs, were instantly 
enveloped in flames ; four of the six were burnt 
to death on the spot ; and the king never recov- 
ered the fright and disorder occasioned by the 
accident. 

1183. — Henry the Fourth of France was 
much enamoured of a lady who used to attend 
the court. The Prince one day, in a gallant hu- 
mour, said to her, " Pray, Madam, which is the 



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way to your bed-room?" — "Through the 
church," replied she. 

1184. — A Very Talkative Lady received a 
visit from a gentleman, who was introduced to 
her as a man of great taste and learning. She, 
in order to court his admiration, displayed her 
knowledge and her wit with an unceasing rapid- 
ity. Being asked her opinion of her new ac- 
quaintance, she said she was never more charmed 
with the company of any man. A general laugh 
ensued ; the gentleman was dumb, and had 
kept up the conversation only with nods and 
smiles. 

1185. — A Young Barrister, being re- 
proached by his opponent for his extreme youth, 
said, " It is true that I am young, but my learned 
friend will find in the course of this trial that I 
have read old books." 

1186- — Moro, Duke of Milan, having dis- 
played before the foreign ambassadors his mag- 
nificence and his riches, which excelled those of 
every other prince, said to them, " Has a man, 
possessed of so much wealth and prosperity, any- 
thing to desire in this world? " — " One thing 
only," said one of them, — " a nail to fix the wheel 
of Fortune." 

1187. — Chamileart, Comptroller-general of 
the finances in the reign of Louis XIV., had been 
a celebrated pleader. He once lost a cause, in 
which he was concerned, through his excessive 
fondness for billiards. His client called on him 



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the day after in extreme affliction, and told him 
that if he had made up a document which had 
been put into his hands, but which he had neg- 
lected to examine, a verdict must have been 
given in his favour. Chamillart read it, and 
found it of decisive importance to his cause. 
" You sued the defendant," said he, " for 
20,000 livres. You have failed by my inad- 
vertence. It is my duty to do you justice. Call 
on me in two days." — In the meantime Chamil- 
lart procured the money, and paid it to his client, 
on no other condition than that he would keep 
the transaction secret. 

1188. — A Young Engraver just entering 
into life, and who afterwards rose to great em- 
inence in his profession, applied to Alderman 
Boydcll for employment. Having never exe- 
cuted any considerable work he had only some 
trifling specimens of his ability to shew. The 
alderman, however, was satisfied from them that 
the young artist possessed abilities worthy of en- 
couragement, and offered him a picture, if he 
thought himself equal to it. The young man 
undertook it, and agreed on 25 guineas as the 
remuneration. When the plate was quite fin- 
ished, he waited on the alderman, finally to deliver 
it with a proof. Mr. Boydell examined so lome, 
and as it seemed so minutely, that the artist was 
almost apprehensive that he was not quite pleased 
with it, and resolved to ask him ; adding, " that 
he should be happy to make any improvement or 
correction that Mr. Boydell might suggest." — 



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" Oh no," replied the alderman, " I am extremely 
pleased with it, and desire no alteration. It is 
charming; and instead of 25 guineas, I shall 
give you five and thirty : — very charming in- 
deed — the more I look at it the more I like it ; I 
shall give you 50 guineas." He went to his desk 
and wrote a cheque on his banker, which he gave 
to the artist, telling him to call on him in a few 
days, as he had further employment for him. 
The young man endeavoured to express his grat- 
itude for this unexpected and munificent liber- 
ality of his new patron ; but his speech utterly 
failed him, when, casting his eye on the cheque 
which he held in his hand, he found it to be for 
One Hundred Guineas! This happy event was 
the foundation both of his fortune and his fame. 

1189. — Abbe Clerambault, who was de- 
formed, was elected to succeed La Fontaine in 
the French Academy. On that occasion it was 
said that " La Fontaine was very properly suc- 
ceeded by Esop." 

1190. — One of the Countless Victims to 
the Fonthill Epidemic, at the moment of exhibit- 
ing that infallible incipient symptom which be- 
trays itself in a visit to the princely mansion of 
the Pembrokes, found his attention arrested at 
the very entrance, by the noble equestrian statue 
of Marcus Aurelius. After bestowing on this 
superb effort of the sculptor's art its due degree 
of silent admiration, he turned to a decent-look- 
ing native who stood nigh, and inquired for 
whom that figure was intended? " Thot ther, 



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Zur? " was the reply; " iss shuer I know't — 
'tuz Marquis O'Riley's." 

1191. — Mr. Schoonhoven, an old man, 
eighty years of age, who not long since lived in 
the neighbourhood of Lake George, related the 
following remarkable instance of the cruelty and 

generosity of the Indians, to Mr. H , a 

friend of Dr. Silliman. During the last French 
war in America, he, with six or seven other 
Americans, was taken prisoner by a detachment 
of Indians, while on an excursion through the 
wilderness between Fort William Henry on Lake 
George, and Sandy Hill on Hudson's River, 
where there is now a flourishing village. They 
conducted them to a spot which now forms an 
open place in the middle of the village, and made 
them sit down in a row on the trunk of a tree. 
The Indians then began, with perfect indiffer- 
ence, to split the skulls of their victims succes- 
sively with their tomahawks ; while the survivors 
were compelled to witness the dreadful fate of 
their companions, and await their own with a 
terror not to be conceived. Mr. Schoonhoven 
was the last but one on the opposite end of the 
tree where the massacre had begun. His turn 
was already come, and the murderous axe was 
brandished over his head and ready to fall on 
him, when the chief made a signal to put an end 
to the murder. On this he approached Mr. 
Schoonhoven, and said to him with composure: 
" Do you not remember how (at a time which he 
mentioned) while your young people were danc- 



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ing, some poor Indians came up, and wished to 
join in the dance; but your young people said, 
4 No ; Indians shall not dance with us : ' but you 
(for this man, it seems, recognised his features 
just at the critical moment) said, '* the Indians 
shall dance.' I will now shew you that Indians 
can remember a favour." This accidental recol- 
lection saved the life of Schoonhoven and his sur- 
viving companion. 

1192. — Ben Jonson, owing a vintner some 
money, refrained his house ; the vintner, meeting 
him by chance, asked him for his money; and 
also told him if he would come to his house and 
answer him four questions, he would forgive him 
the debt. Ben Jonson very gladly agreed, and 
went at the time appointed, called for a bottle of 
claret, and drank to the vintner, praising the 
wine at a great rate. Says the vintner, " This is 
not our business : Mr. Jonson, answer me my four 
questions, or else you must pay me my money, 
or go to jail " (and he had got two bailiffs wait- 
ing at the door to arrest him). " Pray," says 
Ben, " propose them." — " Then," says the vint- 
ner, "tell me, 1st, What pleases God? 2dly, 
What pleases the devil? 3dly, What pleases the 
world? and 4thly, What best pleases me? " — 
" Well, 

"God is best pleased when man forsakes his . c 'n; 
The devil's best pleas'd when men persist therein; 
The world's best pleas'd when you do draw good wine, 
And you'll be pleas'd when I do pay for mine." 

The vintner was satisfied, gave Ben a receipt 



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in full, and a bottle of claret into the bar- 
gain. 

1193. — A Man, who was on the point of 
being married, obtained from his confessor his 
certificate of confession. Having read it, he ob- 
served that the priest had omitted the usual pen- 
ance. " Did you not tell me," said the con- 
fessor, " that you were going to be married? " 

1194. — Dean Jackson, passing one morning 
through Christ-church quadrangle, met some 
undergraduates, who walked along without cap- 
ping. The Dean called one of them, and asked, 
"Do you know who I am? "— " No, Sir."— 
"How long have you been in College?" — 
" Eight days, Sir."—" Oh, very well," said the 
Dean, walking away, " puppies don't open their 
eyes till the ninth day." 

1195. — A Little Lawyer appearing as evi- 
dence in one of the courts, was asked by a gigan- 
tic counsellor, what profession he was of ; and 
having replied that he was an attorney. " You 
a lawyer ! " said Brief, " why I could put you in 
my pocket." — " Very likely you may (rejoined 
the other), and if you do, you will have more law 
in your pocket than ever you had in your head." 

1196. — The High-Bailiff of Birmingham, 
attended by some officers of the town, goes round 
on a market-day to examine the weight of the 
butter, and they seize all winch is found short 
of sixteen ounces. A countryman, who generally 
stood in a particular place, having on a former 



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market-day lost two pounds of butter, was seen, 
the next time they came round, to laugh heart- 
ily, while the officers were taking a considerable 
quantity from a woman who stood near him. One 
of the officers, not pleased with the fellow's want 
of decorum, particularly in the presence of men 
vested with such awful authority, said, " What 
do you mean by laughing, fellow? I took two 
two pounds from you last week." — " I'll lay you 
a guinea of it," said the countryman. — " Done," 
replied the officer ; and immediately put a guinea 
into the hands of a respectable tradesman, who 
was standing at his own door. The countryman 
instantly covered it ; and then, with a triumphant 
grin, said, " Well done, thick head, if it had 
been two pounds would you have taken it from 
me? was it not for being short of weight that I 
lost it ? " The umpire without hesitation decided 
in his favour, to the great mortification of the 
humble administrators of justice. 

1197. — An Irishman, some years ago, at- 
tending the University of Edinburgh, waited 
upon one of the most celebrated teachers of the 
German flute, desiring to know on what terms he 
would give him a few lessons: the flute-player 
informed him, that he generally charged two 
guineas for the first month, and one guinea for 
the second. " Then, by my soul," replied the 
Hibernian, " I'll begin the second month ! " 

1198. — Foote being at table next to a gen- 
tleman who had helped himself to a very large 
piece of bread ; he took it up and cut a piece off. 



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" Sir," said the gentleman, " that is my bread." 
— " I beg a thousand pardons, Sir," said Foote, 
" I protest I took it for the loaf." 

1199. — The Colonel of the Perthshire 
Cavalry, was lately complaining, that, from the 
ignorance and inattention of his officers, he was 
obliged to do the whole duty of the regiment. 
" I am," said he, " my own captain, my own lieu- 
tenant, my own cornet," — " and trumpeter also, 
I presume," said a certain witty duchess. 

1200. — The Late Celebrated Dr. 
Brown paid his addresses to a lady for many 
years, but unsuccessfully ; during which time he 
had always accustomed himself to propose her 
health, whenever he was called upon for a lady. 
But being observed one evening to omit it, a gen- 
tleman reminded him, that he had forgotten to 
toast his favourite lady. " Why, indeed," said 
the doctor, " I find it all in vain ; I have toasted 
her so many years and cannot make her Brown, 
that I am determined to toast her no longer." 

1201. — The Late Dr. Fowler, bishop of 
Gloucester, and Justice Powell, had frequent al- 
tercations on the subject of ghosts. The Bishop 
was a zealous defender of the reality of them ; 
the justice was somewhat sceptical. The bishop 
one day met his friend, and the justice told him 
that since their last conference on the subject, 
he had ocular demonstration, which had con- 
vinced him of the existence of ghosts. " I re- 
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" give me the circumstance which produced it, 
with ail the particulars. Ocular demonstration, 
jou say? " — " Yes, my lord; as I lay last night 
in my bed, about the twelfth hour I was awak- 
ened by an uncommon noise, and heard some- 
thing coming up stairs ! " — " Go on, Sir." — 
" Fearfully alarmed at the noise, I drew my cur- 
tain ." — " Proceed." — " And saw a faint 

glimmering light enter my chamber." — " Of a 
blue colour, was it not? " interrogated the doc- 
tor. " Of a pale blue ! and this pale blue light 
was followed by a tall, meagre, stern figure, who 
appeared as an old man of seventy years of age, 
arrayed in a long light-coloured rug gown, 
bound with a leathern girdle : his beard thick and 
grisly ; his hair scant and straight ; his face of a 
dark sable hue ; upon his head a large fur cap ; 
and in his hand a long staff. Terror seized my 
whole frame. I trembled till the bed verily 
shook, and cold drops hung upon every limb. 
The figure advanced with a slow and solemn 
step." — "Did you not speak to it? there was 
money hid, or murder committed, without 
doubt," said the bishop. " My lord, I did speak 
to it; I adjured it by all that was holy to tell 
me whence, and for what purpose he thus ap- 
peared." — " And in Heaven's name what was the 
reply?" — "Before he deigned to speak, he 
lifted up his staff three several times, my lord, 
and smote the floor, even so loudly that verily the 
strokes caused the room to reverberate the thun- 
dering sound. He then waved the pale blue light 



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which he bore in what is called a lantern, he 
waved it even to my eyes ; and he told me, my 
lord, he told me that he was, yes, my lord, that 
he was not more nor less than — the watchman! 
who had come to give me notice that my 
street door was open, and that unless I rose 
and shut it, I might be robbed before morning." 
The justice had no sooner concluded, than the 
bishop disappeared. 

1202. — At Worcester Assizes, a cause was 
tried about the soundness of a horse, in which a 
clergyman, not educated in the school of Tat- 
tersall, appeared as a witness. He was confused 
in giving his evidence, and a furious blustering 
counsellor, who examined him, was at last tempted 
to exclaim, " Pray, Sir, do you know the differ- 
ence between a horse and a cow? " — " I acknowl- 
edge my ignorance," replied the clergyman ; " I 
hardly know the difference between a horse and 
a cow, or a bully and a bull, only that a bull, I 
am told, has horns, and a bully," bowing respect- 
fully to the counsellor, " luckily for me, has 
none." 

1203. — As Two Irish Soediers were passing 
through Chippenham, one of them observing the 
Borough Arms (which have somewhat the ap- 
pearance of a hatchment) over the Town-hall 
door, accosted his comrade with — " Arrah Pat, 
look up, what is that sign ? " — " Botheration," 
cries Pat, " 'tis no sign at all at all, 'tis only a 
sign that somebody's dead that lives there." 



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1204. — Some Years Ago, a German Prince 
making the tour of Europe, stopped at Venice 
for a short period. It was at the close of sum- 
mer, the Adriatic was calm, the nights were 
lovely, the Venetian women full of those delicious 
spirits, that in their climate rise and fall with the 
coming and departure of this finest season of the 
year. Every day was given by this illustrious 
stranger, to researches among the records and 
antiquities of this singular city ; and every night 
to parties on the Brenta or the sea. As the morn- 
ing drew nigh, it was the custom to return from 
the water, to sup at some of the houses of the 
nobility. In the commencement of his inter- 
course, all national distinctions were carefully 
suppressed ; but as his intimacy increased, he 
could not help observing the lurking vanity of 
the Italians. One of its most frequent exhibi- 
tions, was in the little dramas that wound up 
their stately festivities. The wit was constantly 
sharpened by some contrast between the Italian 
and the German, some slight aspersion on Teu- 
tonic rudeness, or some remark on the history of 
a people untouched by the elegance of southern 
manners. As the sarcasm was conveyed with 
Italian grace, and the offence softened by its hu- 
mour, it was obvious that the only retaliation 
must be a good-natured and humourous one. 
When the Prince was on the point of taking 
leave, he invited his entertainers to a farewell 
supper. He drew the conversation to the infinite 
superiority of the Italians, and above all of the 



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Venetians, acknowledged the darkness in which 
Germany had been destined to remain so long, 
and looked forward with infinite sorrow to the 
comparative opinion of posterity, upon a country 
to which so little of its gratitude must be due. 
" But, my lords," said he, rising, " we arc an 
emulous people, and an example like yours must 
not be lost even upon a German. I have been 
charmed with your dramas, and have contrived 
a little arrangement to give you one of our coun- 
try ; if you will condescend to follow me to the 
great hall." The company rose and followed 
him through the splendid suite of a Venetian 
villa : to the hall which was fitted up as a 
German barn. The aspect of the theatre pro- 
duced at first universal surprise, and next a uni- 
versal smile. It had no resemblance to the gilded 
and sculptured saloons of their own sumptuous 
little theatres. However, it was only so much 
the more Teutonic. The curtain drew up — the 
surprise rose into loud laughter, even amongst 
the Venetians, who had been seldom betrayed into 
anything beyond a smile for generations to- 
gether. The stage was a temporary erection, 
rude and uneven. The scenes represented a 
wretched irregular street, scarcely lighted by a 
single lamp, and looking the fit haunt for rob- 
bery and assassination. On a narrower view, 
some of the noble spectators began to think it 
had a resemblance to an Italian street, and some 
actually discovered in it one of the leading streets 
of their own city. But the play was on a Ger- 



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man story, and they were under a German roof. 
The street, notwithstanding its similitude, was of 
course German. The street was for a time un- 
peopled; but at length a traveller, a German, 
with pistols in his belt, and apparently ex- 
hausted with fatigue, came heavily pacing along. 
He knocked at several of the doors, but could 
obtain no admission. He then wrapped himself 
up in his cloak, sat down upon the fragment of 
a monument, and thus soliloquized : — "Well, here 
I have come, and this is my reception. All pal- 
aces, no inns ; all nobles, and not a man to tell me 
where I can lie down in comfort or in safety. 
Well, it can't be helped. A German does not 
much care, campaigning has hardened effemin- 
acy amongst us. Loneliness is not so well unless 
a man can labour or read. Read, that's true, 
come out Zimmerman." He drew a volume from 
his pocket, moved nearer to a decaying lamp, 
and soon seemed absorbed. He had been till 
now the only actor. Another soon shared the 
eyes of the spectators. A tall, light figure came 
with a kind of visionary movement from behind 
the monument, surveyed the traveller with keen 
curiosity, listened with apparent astonishment at 
his words, and in another moment had fixed it- 
self gazing over his shoulder on the volume. 
The eyes of this singular being wandered rapidly 
over the page, and when it was turned, they were 
lifted up to Heaven, with the strongest expres- 
sions of astonishment. The German was weary, 
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closed it. " What," said he, rising and stretch- 
ing himself, " is there no one stirring yet in this 
comfortless place — is it not near day ? " He 
took out his repeater, and touched the pendant; 
it struck four. His mysterious attendant had 
watched him narrowly, the repeater was eyed in 
its turn ; but when it struck, delight with mingled 
with the wonder that had till then filled his pale, 
intelligent countenance. " Four o'clock," said 
the German ; " in my country half the world 
would be going to their day's work by this time ; 
in another hour it will be sun-rise. Well then, 
you nation of sleepers, I'll do you a service, and 
make you open your eyes." He drew out one 
of his pistols and fired it. The attendant form 
still hovering behind him, had looked curiously 
on the pistol ; but on its going off, it started back 
in terror, and uttered a loud cry, that made the 
traveller start. " Who are you? " was his greet- 
ing to this strange intruder. " I will not hurt 
you," was the answer. " Who care's about 
that? " was the retort, and he pulled out the 
other pistol. " My friend," said the figure, 
" even that weapon of thunder and lightning 
cannot hurt me now ; but if you would know who 
I am, let me entreat you to satisfy my curiosity 
a moment. You seem a man of extraordinary 
powers." — " Well then," said the German, in a 
gentler tone, " if you come as a friend, I shall 
be glad to give you all the information in my 
power: it is the custom of our country to deny 
nothing to those who will love or learn," The 



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former sighed deeply, and murmured, " And yet 
you are a German; but you were just reading 
a case of strange and yet most interesting fig- 
ures: was it a manuscript?" — "No, it was a 
printed book." — " Printing, what is printing? 
I never heard but of writing." — " It is an art 
by which one man can give to the world in one 
day, as much as three hundred could give by 
writing, and in a character of superior clearness 
and beauty ; by which, books are universal, and 
literature eternal." — " Admirable, glorious 
art ! " said the inquirer, " who was its illustrious 
inventor? " — " A German ! " — " But, another 
question, I saw you look at a most curious instru- 
ment, traced with figures, it sparkled with dia- 
monds ; but its greatest wonder was its sound. It 
gave the hour with miraculous exactness, and the 
sounds were followed with tones superior to the 
sweetest music of my day." — " That was a re- 
peater ! " — " How ! when I had the luxuries of 
the world at my command, I had nothing better 
to tell the hour with, than a clepsydra, or a sun- 
dial. But this must be invaluable, from its fa- 
cility of being carried about. It must be an ad- 
mirable guide even to higher knowledge. All 
depends upon the exactness of time. It may 
assist navigation, astronomy. What an inven- 
tion ! whose was it? he must be more than hu- 
man."—" He was a German ! "— " What, still a 
barbarian ! I remember his nation : I once saw 
a legion of them marching towards Rome — they 
were a bold and brave blue-eyed troop — the 



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whole city poured out to sec them ; but we looked 
on them as so many gallant savages. I have 
only one more question to ask you. I saw you 
raise your hand, with a small truncheon in it; 
in a moment something rushed out, that seemed 
a portion of the fire of the clouds. Were those 
thunder and lightning that I saw? Did they 
come at your command? Was that truncheon 
a talisman, and are you a mighty magician? 
Was that truncheon a sceptre, commanding the 
elements? Are you a god?" The strange in- 
quirer had drawn back gradually, as his feelings 
rose. His curiosity was now turned into solemn 
wonder, and he stood gazing upwards, in an atti- 
tude expressive of mingled awe and astonishment. 
The German felt the sensation of a superior 
presence growing on himself, as he looked on the 
fixed countenance of this mysterious being. It 
was in that misty blending of light and darkness, 
which the moon leaves as it sinks just before 
morn. There was a single hue of pale grey in 
the East that tinged the stranger's visage, with 
a chill light; the moon resting broadly on the 
horizon, was setting behind, and the figure 
seemed as if standing in the orb ; its arms were 
lifted towards heaven, and the light came 
through between them, with the mild splendour 
of a vision. But the German, habituated to the 
vicissitudes of " perils by flood and field," shook 
off his brief alarm, and proceeded calmly to ex- 
plain the source of the miracle. He gave a 
slight detail of the machinery of the pistol, and 



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alluded to the history of gunpowder. " It must 
be a mighty instrument in the hands of man, 
either for good or ill," said the form. " How it 
must change the nature of war ! By whom was 
this wondrous secret revealed to the treaders 
upon earth? " — " A German." The form seemed 
suddenly to enlarge — its feebleness of voice w r as 
gone — its attitude was irresistibly noble. Be- 
fore it had uttered a word, it looked as made to 
persuade and command ; its outer robe had been 
flung away; it now stood with an antique dress 
of brilliant white, gathered in many folds, and 
edged in a deep border of purple ; a slight 
wreath, like laurel, of a dazzling green, was on 
its brow ; it looked like the Genius of Eloquence. 
" Stranger," said he, pointing to the Appenincs, 
which were beginning to be marked with twi- 
light, " eighteen hundred years have passed away 
since I was the glory of all beyond those moun- 
tains. I was then triumphant, and was honoured 
as the great leading mind of the intellectual em- 
pire of the world : but I knew nothing of these 
things; I was a child to you. Has not Italy 
been still the mistress of the mind? Shew me 
her noble inventions. I must soon sink into the 
earth — let me learn still to love my country." 
The listener started back, exclaiming, " Who, 
and what are y©u?" — "I am the spirit of an 
ancient Roman. Shew me by the love of a 
patriot, what Italy now sends out to enlighten 
mankind." The German looked embarrassed ; 
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pipe and tabor. He pointed in silence to the 
narrow street from whence the interruption 
came ; a ragged figure tottered out, with a bar- 
rel-organ at his back, a frame of puppets in his 
hand, a hurdy-gurdy round his neck, and a 
string of dancing dogs in his train. The spirit 
uttered, with a sigh, "Is this Italy?" The 
German bowed his head. The showman began 
his cry — " Rarce show, fine rarec show against 
the wall ! Fine, Madam Catalini dance upon de 
ground. Who come for de galantee show? " 
The organ struck up, the dogs danced, the Ital- 
ian capered round them. The spirit raised his 
broad gaze to Heaven — " These the men of my 
country ! these the poets, the orators, the patriots 
of mankind ! What scorn and curse has fallen 
upon them ! " As he gazed, tears suddenly suf- 
fused his eyes ; a sunbeam struck across the spot 
where he stood ; a purple mist rose around him, 
and he was gone. — The Venetians, with one ac- 
cord, started from their scats and rushed out of 
the hall. The Prince and his suite had pre- 
viously arranged everything for leaving the city, 
and were beyond the Venetian territory before 
sunrise. Another night in Venice, and they 
would have been on their way to the other world. 
1205. — Coijtmbus speaking with great hu- 
mility of his discovery of America, some of the 
company spoke in very deprecatinc 1 terms of the 
expedition. " There is no more difficulty," re- 
plied Columbus, " than in putting this egg on 
its end." They tried the experiment, and all 



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failed. Columbus, breaking a little off the end, 
set it upright. The Company sneered at the 
contrivance. " Thus," observed Columbus, " a 
thing appears very easy after it is done." 

1206. — Three Graziers at a fair left their 
money with their hostess, while they went to 
transact their business. A short time after, one 
of them returned, and under pretence that they 
had occasion for the whole money, received it 
from the hostess, and made his escape with it. 
The other two sued the woman for delivering 
that which she had received from the three, be- 
fore the three came and demanded it. The cause 
was tried, and a verdict found against the 
woman ; when Mr. Noy, then making his first ap- 
pearance at the bar, wished to be feed by her, 
because he could not plead without it. He then 
moved an arrest of judgment, that he was re- 
tained by the defendant, and that the case was 
this : the defendant had received the money of 
the three together, and confesses she was not to 
deliver it until the same three demanded it, and 
therefore the money is ready — let the three men 
come, and it shall be paid ; (which as one of them 
had run away was impossible.) This motion 
altered the whole course of proceeding and first 
brought Mr. Noy into notice. 

1207. — Sir Gilbert Heathcote was very 
intimate with Sir Robert Walpole, and one even- 
ing being at the minister's house, he was asked, 
as usual, what he chose for supper, to which he 
answered, " beefsteaks and oyster sauce." After 



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spending an agreeable hour or two in conversa- 
tion over a bottle, Sir Gilbert rose to take his 
leave, but seeing the hall lined with servants, he 
turned round to Sir Robert, and asked him which 
of them he was to pay for his beef-steak? Sir 
Robert took the hint, and ordered the servants 
to withdraw. 

1208. — The Vicar of Bray, in Berkshire, 
being a Papist under the reign of Henry VIII. , 
and a Protestant under Edward VI., a Papist 
again under Queen Mary, and a Protestant in the 
reign of Queen Elizabeth, was reproached as the 
scandal of his gown, by turning so often from 
one religion to another. " I cannot help that," 
said the vicar, " for if I changed my religion, 
I am sure I kept true to my principle, which is — 
To live and die Vicar of Bray" 

1209. — Soon After Dr. Porteus, the late 
Bishop of London, was advanced to the metro- 
politan see, he went to court, where his majesty 
addressed him in French, which the prelate not 
understanding, the king then spoke to him in 
Italian, with which language he was likewise un- 
acquainted. " What, my lord ! " said the king, 
" don't you understand the polite languages ? " 
— " Oh, my liege," replied the bishop, " the ac- 
quisition is not necessary, as the devil is as much 
mortified by a reproof in plain English, as any 
other dialect." 

1210. — Lord Nelson, shortly after the loss 
of his arm, went to St. James's, accompanied by 



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Captain Berry, when the King, with his usual 
suavity, lamented the gallant admiral's wound, 
observing, he was sorry to see he had lost his 
right arm. " But not my right hand," replied 
Nelson, presenting Captain Berry to his 
majesty. 

1211. — Lord Nelson, when about eight 
years old, and on a visit with his grandmother 
at Hilborough, was invited by another boy to 
go bird's-nesting. As he did not return at the 
usual dinner hour, the old lady became alarmed, 
and dispatched messengers different ways to 
search after him. The young ramblers at length 
were discovered under a hedge, counting the 
spoils of the day, and the young Horatio was 
brought home. His relation began to scold him 
for being absent without her leave, and concluded 
with saying, " I wonder fear did not drive you 
home." Horatio innocently replied, " Madam, 
I never saw fear." 

1212. — Mr. Henry Erskine, celebrated for 
his elegant repartee, being in company with the 
beautiful Duchess of Gordon, asked her, " Are 
we never again to enjoy the pleasure of your 
grace's society in Edinburgh ? " — " Oh ! " said 
she, " Edinburgh is a vile dull place, I hate it." 
— " Madam," replied the gallant barrister, " the 
sun might as well say, this is a vile dark morning, 
I won't rise to-day." 

12LS. — Sergeant Maynard, an eminent 
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upon the Prince of Orange (afterwards King 
William) on his arrival in London, the prince 
took notice of his great age, the sergeant then 
being near ninety. " Sir," said he, " you have 
outlived all the men of the law of your younger 
years." — " I should have outlived even the law 
itself," replied the sergeant, " if your highness 
had not arrived." 

1214. — Two Legal Characters of great 
respectability, who were, more remarkable for 
professional learning and judgment than knowl- 
edge of the habits and manners of fashionable 
life, were present at the festival given by the 
Prince Regent, (in honour of his royal father's 
birthday — King George III.) at Carlton House, 
but their wigs, and the whole of their attire, gave 
them so grotesque an aspect, that the Prince 
asked Mr. Jekyll (his solicitor-general) if he 
had noticed his brethren ? " Yes," said the wag ; 
" but I cannot help thinking that they have mis- 
taken the nature of your royal highness's enter- 
tainment, and supposed that it was to be a mas- 
querade." One of the legal sages, who heard 
this observation, immediately, said, " I perceive 
that your royal highness's court is in the old 
style, with a jester." 

1215. — During the Time of Cromwell, by 
unjust dealing and monopoly, a great scarcity 
having taken place in a plentiful year; Oliver, 
knowing there was a great quantity of ^rain in 
the country, took the following method to find 
out and punish the rogues in grain. He, in 



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consequence, offered a premium of one thousand 
pounds to him who should bring the greatest 
quantity of grain to market on a certain day ; 
upon which immense quantities were produced ; 
but one man above all the rest produced far the* 
greater quantity. Cromwell immediately or- 
dered him to be paid the reward ; and producing 
a rope, told him he would give him an halter into 
the bargain, and ordered the monopolizer to be 
hanged. 

1216. — A Certain Member of Parliament 
having heard many speeches in the house, to the 
great applause of the speaker, grew ambitious 
of rival glory by his oratory ; and accordingly 
watched for a favourable opportunity to open. 
At length an occasion presented itself: it was 
on a motion being made in the house for enforc- 
ing the execution of some statute ; on which pub- 
lic-spirited motion, the orator in embryo rose 
solemnly up, and, after giving three loud hems, 
spoke as follows : — " Mr. Speaker — have we 
laws, or have we not laws? If we have laws, 
and they are not observed, to what end were 
those laws made? " So saying, he sat himself 
down, his chest heaving high with conscious con- 
sequence ; when another rose up, and delivered 
his thoughts in these words : — " Mr. Speaker — 
did the honourable gentleman who spoke last, 
speak to the purpose, or not speak to the pur- 
pose? If he did not speak to the purpose, to 
what purpose did he speak ? " Which apropos 
reply set the whole house in such a fit of laugh- 



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ter, as discouraged the young orator from ever 
attempting to speak again. 

1217. — Two Irish Porters meeting in Dub- 
lin, one addressed the other with " Och, Thady, 
my jewel, is it you? are you just come from Eng- 
land? Pray did you see anything of our old 
friend, Pat Murphy ? "— « The devil a sight," 
replied he, " and what's worse I'm afraid I never 
shall."— "How so?"— " Why, he met with a 
very unfortunate accident lately." — " Amazing ! 
What was it? " — " O, indeed, nothing more than 
this ; as he was standing on a plank, talking de- 
voutly to a priest, at a place in London which 
I think they call the Old Bailey, the plank sud- 
denly gave way, and poor Murphy got his neck 
broke. 

1218. — King John being shewn a stately 
monument erected over the grave of a nobleman 
who had rebelled against him, and being advised 
to deface it, answered, " No, no, I wish all my 
enemies were as honourably buried." 

1219. — One Day James the Second, in the 
middle of his courtiers, made use of this asser- 
tion : " 1 never knew a modest man make his way 
at court." To this observation one of the gen- 
tlemen present boldly replied : " And please your 
majesty, whose fault is that?" The king was 
struck, and remained silent. 

1220. — Burke had once risen in the House 
of Commons, with some papers in his hand, on 
the subject of which he intended to make a mo- 



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lion ; when a rough-hewn member readily started 
up, and said — " Mr. Speaker, I hope the honour- 
able gentleman does not mean to read that large 
bundle of papers, and to bore us with a long 
speech into the bargain." Mr. Burke was so 
swollen, or rather so nearly suffocated w T ith rage 
as to be incapable of utterance, and absolutely 
ran out of the House. George Selwyn re- 
marked it was the only time he had ever seen the 
fable realized — " A Lion put to flight by the 
braying of an Ass." 

1221. — Lord Galloway was an enemy to the 
Bute administration. At the change of the min- 
istry he came to London for the first time in the 
late King's reign. He was dressed in black, in 
a very uncourtly style. When he appeared at 
the levee, the eyes of the company were turned 
on him ; and George Selwyn, being asked who he 
was, replied, " A Scotch undertaker, come to 
bury the last administration." 

1222. — In one of those social parties, which 
sometimes take place even among the great at 
the west end of the town, where mirth and inno- 
cent amusement occupy the place of ceremony, 
a young lady, who had been a pupil of Dr. 
Spurzheim, was instructing the company with 
her observations on their heads. At length it 
came to the turn of the great Captain of the 
Age to have his head examined ; which done, the 
lady's opinion was demanded. She hesitated, 
blushed, but said nothing. — " Come," said his 
Grace, " don't be afraid, my young friend, to 



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declare what you think." — " Why then," said 
the lady? " since I must speak, your Grace is de- 
ficient in that organ, which I, in common with all 
the world, know you possess in the highest de- 
gree — Gall's doctrines must fall at once." — 
" No, Madam," said the Duke, " you mean cour- 
age, and I assure you, your doctrine receives 
confirmation, not refutation, from the head you 
have examined. I have no courage, and never 
had in a physical sense, and that, which I trust 
I do possess, is altogether the effect of reason 



1223. — The Rev. Dr. P., visiting a country 
clergyman, requested permission to preach to his 
congregation, which his friend consented to, on 
condition that he adapted the language of his 
sermon to the illiterate capacities of his parish- 
ioners, and that he used no hard words. After 
the sermon was over, Dr. P. asked his friend 
whether he had not strictly observed the condi- 
tions? The other replied that he had used sev- 
eral words beyond the comprehension of his 
hearers, and instanced the word felicity, for 
which he would have substituted happiness. Dr. 
P. contended that one word was as plain as the 
other; and, to prove it, proposed calling in the 
ploughman, and putting it to him, which was 
done. " Well, Robin, do you know the meaning 
of the word felicity? "— " Ees, Sir," said Robin, 
scratching his head and endeavouring to look 
wise, " ees, I thinks as how I does." — " Well, 
Robin, speak up." — " Wy, Sir, I doesn't dis- 



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actly, but I think's it's somc'at inside of a 
pig." 

1224. — General Laborie, in conversation 
with Count Lehrbach and Field-Marshal Lasnes, 
at the French advanced posts, while the conven- 
tion of Hohenlinden was preparing, made some 
allusions to the want of dignity which a great 
nation exhibits in making war in the pay of a 
foreign power.- — " How ! " observed the Aus- 
trian, " the emperor is in no one's pay." — " But 
you received subsidies from England." — " No," 
said Count Lehrbach, with vehemence, " it is a 
loan." — " Yes," replied Laborie sarcastically, 
" and you pay the interest with legs and arms." 

1225. — Tom Tickle was peculiarly odd in 
his manner of drawing characters. He once 
sent his servant to a gentleman, remarkable for 
being always in a hurry, with a message of great 
importance; but the servant returned, and told 
his master that the gentleman was in so great a 
hurry he could not speak to him. " It is no 
more than what I expected," says Tom, " for 
he loses an hour in the morning, and runs after 
it all day." 

1226. — A Commercial Traveller one day, 
at a country inn, was boasting somewhat extrava- 
gantly of the very extensive nature of the trans- 
actions in which he had the honour to be con- 
cerned. Amongst other proofs of the truth of 
his representations, he stated to his fellow-travel- 
lers, that " his house paid upwards of 300Z. per 



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annum for the article of writing-ink only, to be 
used in their counting-house, and other offices!" 
— "Oh!" replies a traveller in a different line 
of business, " that's a mere flea-bite to the busi- 
ness done by our house; do you know," he con- 
tinued, " that during the last twelvemonths we 
have saved, in that article alone, no less a sum 
than 2,000/. by merely omitting the dots to our 
r.v, and the crosses to our f's." 

1227. — A Shoemaker once disappointed 
Dean Swift, by not bringing a pair of shoes at 
the promised time, and excused himself by say- 
ing he had forgotten to do so. The Dean ap- 
peared satisfied, asked him into his garden, and 
after a few turns left him on some pretence, 
locked the garden door, and put the key in his 
pocket. The shoemaker soon began to grow 
very cold and impatient. No attention, how- 
ever, was paid him until night-fall, when he be- 
gan to roar most lustily. The Dean, armed w T ith 
a blunderbuss, and accompanied by all his ser- 
vants, rushed out to the garden, and inquired, 
*' Who's there? " in a voice of thunder. The 
shoemaker replied it was he. " Good God ! 

Mr. ," said the Dean, " how long have you 

been here? " — " Six hours," rejoined the shoe- 
maker. — " My dear Sir," said the Dean, " I beg 
your pardon, but I quite forgot you — as you 
forgot the shoes." 

1228. — The Abbe Maury, who had rendered 
himself obnoxious to the democrats, during the 
French Revolution, was one night seized by the 



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mob, who looked round for a lamp-post to sus- 
pend him on : " Pray, my good friends," said 
the Abbe, " were you to hang me to that lamp, 
do you think that you would see the clearer for 
it? " This well-timed wit softened the rabble 
more effectually than the dialectics of Ramus, 
and saved his life. 

1229. — The Sallies of Heroes are admired 
only when they are attended with success, — 
" Thou bearest Caesar and his fortune " — but if 
Csesar had been drowned? "So would I, if I 
were Parmenio " — but if Alexander had been 
beaten ? " Take these rags and bring them to 
me in St. James's palace " — but Charles Edward 
was defeated. 

1230. — A Wit asked a countryman at what 
time he most enjoyed himself? " In winter," 
replied he, " when I sleep in the chimney-corner 
after supper." " Then you are of swinish de- 
scent," said the wit, " for they sleep after meals." 
— " Pray," said the fellow, " what time do you 
wags enjoy most? " — " May," replied the other. 
" Very well," cried the fellow, " your kin is clear 
enough, for my ass likes that part of the yoar 
best." 

1231. — The Discontent of the French 
troops in Egypt happily vented itself in sarcas- 
tic jokes: this is the humour which always bears 
a Frenchman through difficulties. They had a 
great spite at General Caffarelli, whom they be- 
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expedition. CafFarelli had a wooden leg, having 
lost one of his limbs on the banks of the Rhine ; 
and whenever the soldiers saw him hobbling past, 
they would say, loud enough for him to hear — 
" That fellow docs not care what happens ; he is 
certain at all events to have one leg in France." 
1232. — The Ambassadors sent from Flor- 
ence to France passing through Milan, paid a 
visit of ceremony to the Duke Barnabo, who ask- 
ing them who they were, they answered, " Citi- 
zens and ambassadors of Florence, if it please 
your highness." Being graciously received, 
they proceeded on their journey; and when they 
came to Yercelli it was started that the expression 
used to the duke was improper, for they were 
certainly citizens and ambassadors of Florence, 
whether it pleased his highness or not. After 
much deliberation, they agreed to return to 
Milan, and retract that, expression, as derogatory 
to their embassy. Coming to the duke's pres- 
ence the elder spoke thus : " Prince, when he came 
to Vercelli, we recollected to have said, ' That 
we were citizens and ambassadors of Florence, 
if it pleases your highness,' which was a wrong 
expression ; for we are citizens and ambassadors 
of Florence, whether it please your highness or 
not." — Barnabo, laughing, answered, " Now I 
know you to be what I supposed, grave men, and 
xvise." 

1233. — Charles V. going to see the new 
cloister of the Dominicans at Vienna, overtook a 
peasant who was carrying a sucking pig, and 



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whose cries were so disagreeable to the emperor, 
that, after many expressions of impatience, he 
said to the peasant, " My friend, do you not 
know how to silence a sucking pig? " The poor 
man said, modestly, that he really did not, and 
should be happy to learn. " Take it by the 
tail," said the emperor. The peasant finding 
this succeed upon trial, turned to the emperor, 
and said, " Faith, friend, you must have been 
longer at the trade than me, for you understand 
it better." An answer which furnished repeated 
laughter to Charles and his court. 

1234. — A Curate of great learning and 
merit, but without any prospect of preferment, 
found an opportunity of preaching before 
Bishop Hough, who was so well pleased with his 
discourse and manner of delivery, that after ser- 
vice he sent his compliments to him, desiring to 
know his name, and where .his living was. " My 
duty to his lordship," replied the clergyman, 
" and tell him my name is Lewis ; that living I 
have none; but my starving is in Wales." This 
smart answer did not displease the good bishop, 
who some time after presented him to a valuable 
benefice. 

1235. — Theophrastus said to one who was 
silent in company, " If you are a fool, you do 
wisely ; if you are wise, you do foolishly." 

1236. — Cardinal d'Este having been in- 
strumental in raising Sixtus V. to the papacy, 
and not finding himself consulted in matters of 



JOE MILLER 203 

government, reproached him one day, saying, 
" But for me you had not been pope." Sixtus 
answered, " If you made me pope, let me be 
pope. I shall never be so while I am governed 
by another." 

1237. — Salezzo de Pedrada praising an 
old lady for her beauty, she answered, that 
beauty was incompatible with her age. To 
which Salezzo replied, " We say as beautiful as 
an angel, and yet the angels are, of all creatures, 
the most ancient." 

1238. — When Xerxes wrote to Leonidas to 
surrender his arms, he only replied, " Come and 
take them." 

1239. — Mrs. Barbauld being on a visit to 
the university of Oxford, in company with a very 
stupid young nobleman, who acted as Cicerone 
at one of the colleges, it was observed by a person 
who knew both the parties, how unfortunate she 
was in her conductor. " Not at all," said a gen- 
tleman present, " Minerva, you know, was always 
attended by an owl." 

1240. — Old Astley, one evening, when his 
band was playing an overture, went up to the 
horn players, and asked why they were not play- 
ing. They said they had twenty bars rest. 
" Rest ! " says he, " I'll have nobody rest in my 
company ; I pay you for playing, not for rest- 
ing." 

1241. — Mr. Moore, having been long under 
a prosecution in Doctors' Commons, his proctor 



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called on him one day whilst he was composing 
the tragedy of the Gamester. The proctor hav- 
ing sat down, he read him four acts of the piece, 
being all he had written, by which the man of 
law was so much affected, that he exclaimed, 
" Good God ! can you add to this couple's dis- 
tress in the last act? " — " Oh! very easily," said 
the poet, " I intend to put them in the Spiritual 
Court." 

1242. — Macklin, the Player, once going to 
one of the fire offices to insure some property, 
was asked by the clerk how he would please to 
have his name entered. " Entered," replied the 
veteran, " why, I am only plain Charles Mack- 
lin, a vagabond by act of parliament; but, in 
compliment to the times, you may set me down 
Charles Macklin, Esq., as they are now synony- 
mous terms." 

1243. — An Athenian, who wanted eloquence, 
but was very brave, when another had, in a long 
and brilliant speech, promised great affairs, got 
up, and said, " Men of Athens, all that he has 
said, I will do." 

1244. — When Pope Clement XIV. (Gan- 
ganelli) ascended the papal chair, the ambassa- 
dors of the different states waited on him with 
congratulations: when they were introduced, 
they bowed, and he returned the compliment by 
bowing likewise ; the master of ceremonies told 
his holiness he should not have returned their 
salute ; " O, I beg your pardon," said the good 



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pontiff, " I have not been pope long enough to 
forget good manners." 

1245. — When Lord Howe was captain of 
the Magnanime, a negro sailor on board was or- 
dered to be flogged. Everything being pre- 
pared, and the ship's company assembled to see 
the punishment inflicted, Captain Howe made a 
long address to the culprit on the enormity of 
his offence. Poor Mungo, tired of the harangue, 
and having his back exposed to the cold, ex- 
claimed, " Massa, if you floggee, floggee ; or if 
you preachce, preachee; but no preachee and 
floggee too! " 

1246. — Ned Shuter was often very poor, 
and being still more negligent than poor, was 
careless about his dress. A friend overtaking 
him one day in the street, said to him, " Why, 
Ned, are you not ashamed to walk the street? 
with twenty holes in your stockings ? why don't 
you get them mended? " — " No, my friend," 
said Ned, " I am above it; and if you have the 
pride of a gentleman, you will act like me, and 
walk with twenty holes rather than have one 
darn." — " How, how," replied the other, " how 
do you make that out? " — " Why," replied Ned, 
" a hole is the accident of the day; but a darn 
is premeditated poverty.'" 

1247. — About the Year 1715, when Dr. 
Hallcv's scheme of the great solar eclipse, which 
foretold the precise time of its beginning and 
ending, was cried about the streets of London, 



206 JOE MILLER 

there happened to be a Turkish envoy here, who 
at first thought the people distracted, for pre- 
tending to know so very exactly when the Al- 
mighty would totally overshadow the sun, a cir- 
cumstance of which the Mussulmans were igno- 
rant. He concluded that God would never re- 
veal so great a secret to infidels, and keep it con- 
cealed from the true believers. However, when 
the eclipse came actually to pass, as had been 
predicted, Lord Forfar asked his excellency what 
he now thought of the English mathematicians? 
His answer was, " They must certainly have ob- 
tained their intelligence from the devil; for he 
was sure that God would never correspond with 
such a wretched set of unbelievers as the English 
astronomers." 

1248. — Louis XII. being at his castle of 
Plassey, near Tours, went one evening into the 
kitchen, where he found a boy turning the spit. 
The lad had something in his countenance which 
prepossessed the king in his favour, and he de- 
manded who he was. The boy, not knowing the 
king, replied, with honest simplicity, that " his 
name was Stephen — that he came from Berri — ■ 
and that he gained as much as the king." — ■ 
" How much gains the king? " demanded Louis, 
with some degree of astonishment. " His ex- 
penses" answered the boy, " and I gain mine." 
This answer so much pleased the monarch, that 
he took the lad under his protection, and ap- 
pointed him his valet-de-chambre. 

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ing returned from the army in Germany, trav- 
elled with all possible expedition from the Eng- 
lish port at which he landed to London, and find- 
ing on his arrival that the king was at Windsor, 
lie proceeded there in his travelling-dress; where 
desiring to be instantly introduced to his 
majesty, there came a certain lord, neat and trim 
dressed, gay, and perfumed like a milliner, who, 
in the style of a waiting gentlewoman, said, he 
hoped to God the noble marquis did not mean to 
go into the presence of his majesty in so im- 
proper a habit, adding, " 'Pon my honour, my 
lord, you look more like a groom than a gentle- 
man." — " Perhaps I may," replied the marquis, 
" and I give you my word, if you do not intro- 
duce me to the king this instant, I will act like a 
groom, and curry you in a way you won't like." 
1250. — Dr. Franklin's peculiar talent w T as 
that of illustrating subjects by opposite anec- 
dotes. When he was agent here for the province 
of Pennsylvania, he was frequently applied to 
by the ministry for his opinion respecting the 
operation of the stamp act ; but his answer was 
uniformly the same, " that the people of America 
would never submit to it." After the news of 
the destruction of the stamped papers had ar- 
rived in England, the ministry again sent for the 
doctor to consult with; and in conclusion offered 
this proposal, " That if the Americans would 
engage to pay for the damage done in the de- 
struction of the stamped paper, &c, the parlia- 
ment would then repeal the act." The doctor, 



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having paused upon this question for sometime, 
at last answered it as follows : — " This puts me 
in mind of a Frenchman, who, having heated a 
poker red hot, ran furiously into the street, and 
addressing the first Englishman he met there, 
4 Hah ! Monsieur voulez-vous give me de 
plaisir, de satisfaction, to let me run this poker 
only one foot into your body ? ' — ' My body ! ' 
replied the Englishman : 4 what do you mean ? ' 
— ' Vel den, only so far,' marking about six 
inches. 'Are you mad?' returned the other; 
4 I tell you, if you don't go about your business, 
I'll knock you down.' — ' Vel den,' said the 
Frenchman, softening his voice and manner: 
■ vil you, my good sire, only be so obliging as 
to pay me for the trouble and expense of heating 
this poker? ' " 

1251. — At the Battle of Dettingen, 
George II., who commanded in person, rode on a 
very unruly horse, which at one period ran away 
with him to a very considerable distance, until 
Ensign Trapand, afterwards general, seized the 
bridle, when the king dismounted, exclaiming, 
" Now that I am on my legs, I am sure that I shall 
not run away." At the same battle, the Gens 
d'armes, the flower of the French army, made a 
desperate charge on the British line opposed to 
them, and were repulsed. In their retr< it they 
were attacked by the Scotch Greys, and pushed 
irto the river. Some years after, at a review 
of the above regiment, his majesty, after ap- 
plauding their appearance, turned to the French 



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ambassador, and asked him his opinion of the 
regiment, adding, in his exulting manner, that 
they were the best troops in the world. The 
ambassador replied, " Has your majesty ever 
seen the Gens d'armes? " — " No," rejoined the 
king, " but my Greys have." 

1252. — A Cause was once tried in one of the 
western counties which originated in a dispute 
about a pair of small-clothes. Upon this occa- 
sion the judge observed, " that it was the first 
time he had ever known a suit made out of a pair 
of breeches.*' 

1253. — The Late Earl of Rochester, 
whose brilliant wit and talents rendered him so 
distinguished in the court of Charles II. and 
who, during a temporary disgrace with his sov- 
sovereign, made himself a mighty favourite 
with the lower orders, by his exhibitions, 
under the mask of an Italian mountebank, 
on Tower-hill, felt so much diffidence in the 
House of Lords, that he was never able to 
address them. It is said, that having fre- 
quently attended, he once essayed to make a 
speech, but was so embarrassed that he was un- 
able to proceed. " My lords," said he, " I rise 
this time — my lords, I divide my discourse into 
four branches." Here he faltered for some 
time ; at length he was able to add, " My lords, 
if ever I rise again in this house, I give you 
leave to cut me off, root and branch, forever." 
He then sat down, to the astonishment of all 
present. 



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1254. — When the Archbishop of York 
sent Ben Jonson an excellent dish of fish from 
his table, but without drink, he said — 

" In a dish came fish 
From the arch-bis- 
Hop was not there, 
Because there was no beer." 

1255. — In a Debate, one evening, on the 
justice and expediency of making some altera- 
tion in the ecclesiastical constitution of this coun- 
try, for the relief of tender consciences, Doctor 
Gordon, fellow of Emanuel College, and after- 
wards precentor of Lincoln, an avowed Tory in 
religious politics, when vehemently opposing the 
arguments of Mr. Jebb, a strenuous supporter 
of all such improvements, exclaimed, with his 
usual heat ; — " You mean, Sir, to impose upon 
us a new church government."—" You are mis- 
taken, Sir," said Paley, who was present, — 
" Jebb only wants to ride his own horse, not to 
force you to get up behind him." 

1256. — It is said that Sir Isaac Newton did 
once in his life go a wooing, and, as was to be ex- 
pected, had the greatest indulgence paid to his 
little peculiarities, which ever accompany a great 
genius. Knowing that he was fond of smoking, 
the lady assiduously provided him with a pipe, 
and they were seated as if to open the business 
of (\ipid. Sir Isaac smoked a few whiffs — 
seemed at a loss for something — whiffed again — 
and at last drew his chair near to the lady ' a 
pause of some minutes ensued ; lie seemed a little 



JOE MILLER 81! 

uneasy; "Oh the timidity of sonic!" thought 
the lady — when, lo ! Sir Isaac had got hold of 
her hand. The lady cast her eyes down towards 
the floor, and the palpitations began : he will kiss 
it, thought she, no doubt, and then the matter 
will be settled. Sir Isaac whiffed with redoubled 
fury, and drew the captive hand near his head; 
already the expected salute vibrated from the 
hand to the heart — when, pity the damsel, gentle 
reader! Sir Isaac only raised the fair hand, to 
make the forefinger what he much wanted — a 
tobacco stopper! 

1257. — Doctor Fuller having requested 
one of his companions, who was a bon-vivant, to 
make an epitaph for him, received the following, 
with the conceit of which he always expressed 
kimself much pleased, — 

" Here lies Fuller's earth ! " 

1258. — Porsox's Company, as may well be 
supposed, was courted by all ranks, from the 
combination-room to the cider-cellar, for he 
mixed with all, and was to be found in both ; and 
it was who should assist at his evening lectures, 
and who should carry away most from the oracle. 
But sometimes it would happen, as it does to most 
men, that he was bedevilled, and pulling a book 
out of his pocket, read only to himself ; at other 
times he was violent, and, catching the poker out 
of the fire, brandished it over his head, to the ter- 
ror of the company. Of this trick, however, he 
was cured, once for all, by a spark of fighting 



212 JOE MILLER 

notoriety, who, on seeing Porson seize the poker, 
and not being used to a furious Greek, but in 
the play, snatched up the tongs, observing two 
could play at that game. Upon this, the pro- 
fessor, with a sneer of his own said, " I believe, 
if I should crack your skull, I should find it very 
empty." — " And if I should break your head," 
replied the Irishman, " I should find it full of 
maggots." This retort pleased Porson so much, 
that he returned the poker to the fire, and re- 
peated a whole chapter of Roderick Random, 
analogous to the affair. 

1259. — Latimer, the pious and learned mar- 
tyr, and Bishop of Worcester, who was educated 
at Christ College, Cambridge, and was one of the 
first reformers of the church of England, at a 
controversial conference, being out-talked by 
younger divines, and out-argued by those who 
were more studied in the fathers, said, " I cannot 
talk for my religion, but I am ready to die for 
it." 

1260. — Professor Saunderson, who occu- 
pied so distinguished a situation in the Univer- 
sity of Cambridge, as that of Lucasian Professor 
of Mathematics, was quite blind. Happening 
on a time to make one in a large party, he re- 
marked of a lady who had just left the room, 
but whom he had never before met, nor heard of, 
that she had very white teeth. The company 
were anxious to learn how he had discovered this, 
which was very true. " I have reason," observed 
the orofessor, " to believe that the lady is not 



JOE MILLER 213 

a fool, and I can think of no other motive for 
her laughing incessantly, as she did for a whole 
hour together." 

1261. — The Following, amongst other 
reasons, is given as the origin of the students of 
St. John's College being denominated hogs. A 
waggish genius espying a coffee-house waiter 
carrying a dish to a Johnian, who was seated in 
another box in the same coffee-house, asked, " if 
it were a dish of grains ! " The Johnian imme- 
diately replied, — 

" Says , the Johns eat grains ; suppose it true, 

They pay for what they eat ; does he s'o too ? " 

1262. — Porson was no less distinguished for 
his wit and humour, during his residence in Cam- 
bridge, than for his profound learning; and he 
would frequently divert himself by sending quiz- 
zical morceaux, in the shape of notes, to his com- 
panions. He one day sent his gyp w T ith a note 
to a certain Cantab, who is now a D. D. and mas- 
ter of his College, requesting him to find the 
value of nothing? Next day he met his friend 
walking, and stopping him, he desired to know, 
" Whether he had succeeded ? " His friend an- 
swered— " Yes !"— " And what may it be?" 
asked Porson. " Sixpence! " replied the Can- 
tab, " which I gave the man for bringing the 
note." 

1263. — Dr. Glynn, being one day in attend- 
ance on a lady in the quality of her physician, 
took the liberty of lecturing her on the impro- 



214 JOE MILLER 

priety of her eating cucumber, of which she was 
immoderately fond ; and gave her the following 
humourous receipt for dressing them : — " Peel 
the cucumber," said the doctor, " with great 
care ; then cut it into very thin slices, pepper and 
salt it well, and then — throw it away! " 

1264. — A Johnian, now deceased, one day 
met a Trinity man, walking under the piazza of 
Neville's Court, of whom he had some knowledge. 
Going suddenly up to the Trinitarian, he ad- 
dressed him with, — " Sir, you are a thief ! " The 
Trinitarian, all astonishment at the tone in which 
the accusation was made, demanded an explana- 
tion. " Sir," answered the Johnian, smiling, 
" you steal from the sun." 

1265. — A Son of Grantor, whose delight 
was rather in the sports of the field than in strut- 
ting about the streets of the University a la Can- 
tab, had been out very early one morning at a 
fox-chase; from which returning at a late hour, 
his appetite became so excessively keen, that it 
was not to be resisted, and accordingly he re- 
solved to beg alms at the first farm-house he 
might light on. His sight rendered keener b}' 
the cravings of his stomach, he soon espied a 
small house at some distance, which having 
gained, he offered his humble petition to mine 
hostess. The old dame courtesied, begged our 
hero would alight, and regretted she had no bet- 
ter cheer to offer him than the remnant of a meat 
pie, the remains of their own frugal meal. 
" Anything is better than nothing," cried the 



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Cantab, at the same time entreating she would 
not delay a moment in placing it before him : for 
he already devoured it in imagination, so keen 
was his hunger. " Here it is," said the dame, 
producing it at the same instant from a small 
cupboard near the elbow of our sportsman, who 
turned round as she spoke — " Here it is, Sir; it 
is only made of the odds and ends, but may hope 
your honour would like it, though it has mutton 
and beef and all that in it." — "Charming! my 
good woman, it needs no apology ; I never tasted 
a more delicious morsel in my life ! " continued 
the Cantab, as he swallowed or rather devoured 
mouthful after mouthful. " But there is fish in 
it, too," said he, as he greedily sucked what he 
supposed to be a bone. " Fish," exclaimed the 
old dame, looking intently on what the sports- 
man had got in his hand : " fish, nae, Sir, — why 
lack a day (cried she) ! if that beant our Billy's 
comb! " 

1266. — A Gentleman, who possessed a small 
estate in Gloucestershire, was allured to town by 
the promises of a courtier, who kept him in con- 
stant attendance for a long while to no purpose ; 
at last the gentleman, quite tired out, called upon 
his pretended friend, and told him that he had 
at last got a place. The courtier shook him very 
heartily by the hand, and said he was very much 
rejoiced at the event: " But pray, Sir," said he, 
w where is your place? " — " In the Gloucester 
coach," replied the other. " I secured it last 
night, and so good-bye to you." 



216 JOE MILLER 

1267. — Ignatius Sancho, in one of his let- 
ters, tells his correspondent, that Sam Foote was 
dead. " A leg, which had been cut off," says he, 
" was buried some years since, and now the whole 
Foote follows." 

1268. — A Sailor, who had been fighting and 
making a riot, was taken, first to a watch-house, 
then before a justice, who, after severely repri- 
manding him, ordered him to find bail. " I have 
no bail," said Jack. " Then I'll commit you," 
said the justice. "You will!" said the sailor, 
" then the Lord send you the rope that stops the 
wind when the ship's at anchor." — " What do 
you mean by that? " said the justice, " I insist 
on an explanation of that phrase." — " Why," 
said Jack, " it's the hanging rope at the yard- 
arm." 

1269. — A Violent Welsh Squire having 
taken offence at a poor curate, who employed his 
leisure hours in mending clocks and watches, ap- 
plied to the bishop of St. Asaph with a formal 
complaint against him, for impiously carrying 
on trade contrary to the statute. His lordship 
having heard the complaint, told the squire, " He 
might depend upon it the strictest justice should 
be done in the case." Accordingly the mechanic 
divine was sent for, and the bishop asked him 
how he dared to disgrace his diocese by following ' 
so low a trade as that of a mender of time-pieces. 
The other, with all humility, answered, " To 
satisfy the wants of a wife and ten children!" 
— " That won't do with me," rejoined the prel- 



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ate; "I'll inflict such a punishment upon you, 
as shall make you leave off your pitiful trade, I 
promise you ; " and immediately calling in his 
secretary, ordered him to make out a presenta- 
tion to the astonished curate to a living of at 
least 150Z. per annum. 

1270. — General Kirk, who had served 
many years at Tangier, after his return to 
England, was pressed by James the Second to 
beome a proselyte to the Romish religion, as the 
most acceptable means of recommending himself 
to favour. As soon as the king had done speak- 
ing, Kirk expressed great concern that it was 
not in his power to comply with his majesty's 
desire, because he was really pre-engaged. The 
king smiled, and asked him what he meant? 
" Why, truly," answered Kirk, " when I was 
abroad, I promised the emperor of Morocco, 
that if ever I changed my religion I would turn 
Mahometan ; and I never did break my word in 
my life, and must beg leave to say I never will." 

1271. — Dr. Wall at a public dinner was 
playing with a cork upon the table. " What a 
dirty hand Dr. W. has," said Mr. E. " I'll bet 
you a bottle there is a dirtier in company," said 
the doctor, who had overheard. " Done," said 
he ; upon which he produced his other hand, and 
won the wager. 

1272. — Dr. Ratcliffe being in a tavern one 
evening, a gentleman entered in great haste, al- 
most speechless : " Doctor, my wife is at the 



218 JOE MILLER. 

point of death, make haste, come with me." — 
" Not till I have finished my bottle, however," re- 
plied the doctor. The man, who happened to be 
a fine athletic fellow, finding the entreaty useless, 
snatched up the doctor, hoisted him on his back, 
and carried him out of the tavern : — the moment 
he set the doctor upon his legs, he received from 
him, in a very emphatic manner, the following 
threat : " Now, you rascal, I'll cure your wife in 
spite of you." 

1273. — A Tobacconist having set up his 
chariot, in order to anticipate the jokes that 
might be passed on the occasion, displayed on it 
the Latin motto of " Quid rides ! " Two sailors 
who had often used his shop, seeing him pass by 
in his carriage, the one asked the meaning of the 
inscription, when his companion said it was plain 
enough, repeating them as two English words, 
Quid rides. 

1274. — Henry IV. of France leaning out of 
a window, with the skirts of his coat gaping be- 
hind, a stout scullion, perceiving the favourable 
situation, and mistaking his Sacred Majesty for 
one of the cooks, advanced on tiptoe, and with a 
well extended arm, discharged a heavy blow on 
the royal buttocks. " Zounds ! " cried the King, 
" what the devil's the matter now? " The poor 
man thinking himself undone, fell upon his 
knees, and excused himself by protesting he had 
mistaken his Majesty for Bertrand. — " Well," 
replied the King, rubbing briskly the aching 
T>art, " if it had been Bertrand, where was the 



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necessity of striking so cursed hard? " and gave 
him a Louis d'Or. 

1275. — A Great Crowd being gathered about 
a poor cobbler, who had just died in the street, 
a gentleman asked a bystander, who happened to 
be the well known G. A. Stevens, the facetious 
author of the Lecture on Heads, what. was to be 
seen? The wit, with more humour than the cir- 
cumstance allowed, replied " Oh ! only a cobbler's 
end.' 3 

1276. — Fletcher, of Saltown, is well known 
u, have possessed a most irritable temper. His 
footman desiring to be dismissed, " Why do you 
leave me?" said he. "Because, to speak the 
truth, I cannot bear your temper." — " To be 
sure, I am passionate, but my passion is no sooner 
on than it is off." — " Yes," replied the servant, 
" but it is no sooner off than it is on." 

1277. — King James I. mounting a horse that 
was unruly, cried, " The de'el tak my saul, sir- 
rah, an ye be na quiet, I'll send ye to the Five 
Hundred Kings in the House o' Commons. 
They'll sune tame ye." 

1278. — " You Are a Jew," said one man to 
another; " when I bought this pig of you it was 
+o be a guinea, and now }'ou demand hve-and- 
twenty shillings, which is more than you asked." 
— " For that very reason," replied the other, " I 
am no Jew, for a Jew always takes less than he 
asks." 

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ford Market, observed a poor woman in the 
family way at a butcher's shop, asking the price 
of a fine piece of beef. The brute answered the 
woman, " One penny a pound," thinking, no 
doubt, it was too good for her. " Weigh that 
piece of beef," said the doctor. " Ten pounds 
and a half," said Mr. Butcher. " Here, good 
woman," cried the doctor, " hold up your apron 
and take that beef home to your family." — 
" God bless your honour ! " — " Go off, directly 
— home : no compliments ! Here, Mr. Butcher," 
says the doctor, " give me change out of this shil- 
ling for that poor woman's beef." — " What do 
you mean, Sir? " replied the butcher. " Mean, 
Sir ! why to pay for the poor woman's beef what 
you asked her, a penny a pound. Come, make 
haste, and give me three halfpence; I am in a 

hurry." — " Why, Sir, ," said the butcher. 

" No why sirs with me," says the doctor, " give 
me my change instantly or I will break your 
head." The butcher again began to expostulate, 
and the doctor struck him with all his force with 
his cane. A number of butchers had by this time 
gathered round him. The doctor told the story, 
and they could not refrain from laughing at 
their brother steel. The butcher vowed he would 
summon the doctor before the Court of Con- 
science. The latter gave the man his address, 
but never got his change, or heard any more of 
his butcher. 

1280.— Louis XIV. was told that Lord Stair 
was the best bred man in Europe. " I shall soon 



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put that to the test," said the king, and asking 
Lord Stair to take an airing with him; as soon 
as the door of the coach was opened he bade him 
pass and go in, — the other bowed and obeyed. 
The king said, " The world was right in the 
character it gave of Lord Stair — another per- 
son would have troubled me with ceremony." 

1281. — Shuter being engaged for a few 
nights, in a principal city, in the north of Eng- 
land, it happened that the stage in which he went 
down, (and in which there was only an old gen- 
tleman and himself), was stopped on the other 
side of Finchley Common b}' a single highway- 
man. The old gentleman, in order to save his 
own money, pretended to be asleep, but Shuter 
resolved to be even with him. Accordingly, when 
the highwayman presented his pistol, and com- 
manded Shuter to deliver his money instantly, 
or he was a dead man : " Money," returned he, 
with an idiotic shrug, and a countenance inex- 
pressibly vacant, " Lord, Sir, they never trust 
me witli any ; for nuncle here, always pays for 
me, turnpikes and all, your honour." Upon 
which the highwayman gave him a few hearty 
curses for his stupidity, complimented the old 
gentleman with a smart slap on the face to 
awaken him, and robbed him of every shilling he 
had in his pocket : while Shuter, who did not lose 
a single farthing, with great satisfaction and 
merriment pursued his journey. 

1282. — An Inhabitant of Montgaielard 
lately deceased, left the following testament: " It 



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is my will that any one of my relations who shall 
presume to shed tears at my funeral shall be dis- 
inherited ; he, on the other hand, who laughs the 
most heartily, shall be sole heir. In order that 
neither the church nor my house shall be hung 
with black cloth; but that on the day of my 
burial, the house and church shall be decorated 
with flowers and green boughs. Instead of the 
tolling of bells, I will have drums, fiddles and 
fifes. All the musicians of Montgaillard and its 
environs shall attend the funeral. Fifty of them 
shall open the procession with hunting tunes, 
waltzes, and minuets." This singular will cre- 
ated the more surprise, as the deceased had al- 
ways been denominated by his family, the Mis- 
anthrope, on account of his gloomy and reserved 
character. 

1283. — It Happened One Morning while 
Dr. Busby was at his desk hearing a class, that 
a stone came suddenly through the window, on 
which ke despatched two of the larger boys to 
bring in the culprit, supposing him to be one of 
his own pupils, a party of whom was then in the 
play-ground. The boys, however, being little 
disposed to betray their comrade, laid hands on 
a meagre Frenchman, who happened to be pass- 
ing by, and brought him in as the offender ; when 
the Doctor, without listening to a word he had 
to say, immediately exclaimed, " Take him up." 
This was as promptly obeyed as ordered, and the 
Frenchman received a sound flogging. Think- 
ing it in vain to shew his resentment to a master, 



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surrounded by his scholars, he indignantly re- 
treated ; but at the first coffee-house he came to, 
sat down to write his enemy a challenge, which 
he sent by a porter. No sooner had the Doctor 
read the letter than he ordered in the messenger, 
on whose appearance the usual exclamation fol- 
lowed, " Take him up ; " — and the ceremony of 
flogging was repeated in all its vigour. It was 
now the porter's turn to be wrathful; — he re- 
turned to his employer full of oaths and execra- 
tions, and protesting that he should make full 
amends for the treatment he had exposed him to ; 
but the only redress he could get from the 
Frenchman was a shrug of the shoulders, with, 
" Ah, sure he be de vipping man ; — he vip me — 
vip you — and vip all the world." 

1284. — At the Top of Sir Thomas More's 
House, it should seem that there was a platform. 
Sir Thomas was one day recreating himself on it, 
when a madman broke loose from his confine- 
ment, made his way to More's house (who was 
then Lord Chancellor), and rushing up stairs, 
insisted on the Chancellor's leaping down! 
" Pooh," said Sir Thomas (with his usual pres- 
ervation of temper and presence of mind), " any 
body can leap down : but to leap up, from the 
ground, that is the main question ! " Such a 
proposal w r as likely to strike the perverse feelings 
of a maniac ; and Sir Thomas was gravely liber- 
ated by his companion, in order to make the ex- 
periment. 

1285. — During His Chancellorship, More 



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and his wife sat in different pews at church ; and, 
on the conclusion of service, and the retirement 
of the Chancellor, a man servant used to go and 
open Lady More's pew, and say, " My lord is 
gone." On the dismissal of More from the seals, 
his suite was necessarily dismissed also: and the 
first Sunday after he had resigned them, Sir 
Thomas himself came and opened the pew-door, 
and gravely bowing to his wife, exclaimed " My 
Lord is gone! " Nothing ever soured the tem- 
per, or daunted the courage and good spirits of 
that invulnerable man. 

1286. — Triboulet, a court-fool in the time of 
Francis I., said that, if Charles V. were simple 
enough to enter France and trust himself in the 
power of an enemy whom he had used so ill, he 
would give his fool's cap to him. — " And sup- 
pose," said the King, " I give him as free a 
passage, as if he were traversing his own king- 
dom? " — " Sire," answered Triboulet, " in that 
case I shall take back my cap, and make you a 
present of it." 

1287. — A Duel, between M. de Langerie 
and M. de Montande, both remarkable for their 
ugliness, had a very comic catastrophe. Arrived 
at the place of battle, M. de Langerie stares his 
adversary in the face, and says, " I have just re- 
flected ; I can't fight with you." With this he re- 
turns his sword to its scabbard. " How, Sir, 
what does this mean? " — " It means that I shall 
not fight." — " What ! You insult me, and refuse 
to give me satisfaction ? " — " If I have insulted 



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you, I ask a thousand pardons, but I have an in- 
surmountable reason for not fighting wiih you." 
—"But, Sir, may one know it?"— "It will 
offend you." — " No, Sir." — " You assure me? " 
— " Yes, I assure you."—" Well, Sir, this it is ; 
if we fight, according to all appearances I shall 
kill you, and then I shall remain the ugliest fel- 
low in the kingdom." His adversary could not 
help laughing, and they returned to the city 
good friends. 

1288. — Jealousy has sometimes converted 
even women into duellists, and that at no very 
distant period. It is not more than five and forty 
years ago that an actress, who still lives, called 
out another to the wood of Boulogne. The sub- 
ject was a faithless lover, who had been seduced 
by a second passion from his first love. Both 
parties were exact to the appointment, and the 
deserted fair one drew first, but, at the sight of 
the sword the usurper lost all courage, quietl} 7 
suffered her ears to be boxed, and returned to 
Paris crying. 

1289. — Father Jacson, a Jesuit, was a mis- 
sionary at the isle Ouessant. After having par- 
ticularly instructed the chief of these islanders, 
he was made priest and rector of the island. He 
went every year to Brest, in November or 
December, to make his purchases, and above all 
to buy an almanac, his precious and only guide 
to the day of the month on which the moveable 
feasts fell. One year, the weather was so bad, 
that it was impossible for him to embark before 



226 JOE MILLER 

the end of March, yet still they were enjoying 
flesh days in the island by the example of their 
rector while all the rest of Christendom was fast- 
ing or supposed to be fasting. At last our pastor 
goes to Brest, where he learns that it is Passion 
week, and having provided himself with every- 
thing, he returns home. On the Sunday follow- 
ing he gets up into his pulpit, and announces to 
his flock the involuntary error that he has com- 
mitted ; " But," he adds, " the evil is not much, 
and we'll soon catch the rest of the faithful. 
That all may be in rule, the three flesh days, shall 
be to-day, to-morrow, and Tuesday ; the day fol- 
lowing shall be Ash-Wednesday ; the rest of the 
week we'll fast ; and on Sunday we'll sing Hal- 
lelujah." 

1290. — The Death of M. Perkier, of the 
Royal Academy of Sciences, occasioned a strange 
mistake. The Secretary of the Royal Society of 
Sciences happens to be also named Perrier. At 
a meeting of the latter body, the Chevalier M — 
entered with a countenance woe-begone, took his 
place among his brethren, then solemnly stood, 
drew forth a MS. from his pocket, and with a 
voice of the deepest sorrow, began a funeral ora- 
tion " on his deceased friend." What was his 
surprise, when " the deceased friend " stood up 
from the president's chair, which he filled, (the 
panegyrist was so blinded with tears, as not to 
observe him sooner,) declined the honour about 
to be conferred on him, thanked his friend, in the 
warmest terms, and proposed, amidst roars of 



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laughter, to adjourn the reading of the oration 
sine die. 

1291. — Lamotte of Orleans, Bishop of 
Amiens, was remarkable for the austerity of his 
practice, and the indulgence of his doctrine. 
Severe in his principles, he was courteous in his 
manners, and even jocose in his conversation. It 
is related of him that a lady of his diocese having 
entreated his permission to wear a little rouge, 
only a very little, he told her that he would cer- 
tainly, at her request, temporise a little between 
vanity and devotion, and therefore granted her 
his free permission to wear rouge on one cheek. 

1292. — A Certain Well-known Baccha- 
nalian Officer, having been severely wounded 
in an engagement during the late war in the Pen- 
insula, was admonished by the surgeon to re- 
linquish his usual habits of indulgence, and con- 
fine himself to one or at most two glasses of wine 
daily ; for if he allowed himself to exceed that 
quantity it would to a certainty be attended by 
the most fatal consequences. The reply was, 
" Very well, doctor, you know best." At length, 
the wounds healed, and the doctor still insisted 
on a rigorous observance of his former instruc- 
tions towards a perfect cure. The officer, how- 
ever, replied, that finding his wounds were healed, 
he would not only indulge himself with an extra 
glass of wine, but would request the doctor to 
partake of a few glasses of some that he could 
recommend. The servant was forthwith ordered 
to bring a couple of glasses of wine, one for the 



228 JOE MILLER 

doctor, and one for his master. He speedily re- 
turned, bearing a salver on which rested two 
glasses, each containing fully a quart and a half 
of wine. " These," said the officer, " are my 
glasses, doctor; and on the honour of a soldier, 
I have drank no more than two of them daily, 
during the whole progress of my cure." 

1293. — A Clergyman, on leaving church, 
was complimented by one of his friends on the 
discourse he had been delivering. " South him- 
self," exclaimed the delighted auditor, " never 
preached a better." — " You are right," replied 
the honest divine, — " it was the very best he ever 
did preach." 

1294. — An Old Divine, cautioning the clergy 
against engaging in virulent controversy, uses 
the following happy simile : — " If we will be con- 
tending, let us contend like the olive and the vine, 
who shall produce best and most fruit ; not like 
the aspin and the elm, which shall make most 
noise in a wind." 

1295. — A Late Wit, at the time when the 
revolutionary names of the months (Thermidor, 
Floreal, Nivose, &c.) were adopted in France, 
proposed to extend the innovation to our own 
language, somewhat on the following model : — 
Freezy, Sneezy, Breezy, Wheezy ; Showery, Low- 
ery, Flowery, Bowery; Snowy, Flowy, Blowy, 
Glowy. 

1296. — A Slave of Amuoit Leits, the second 
prince of the dynasty of the Saffarides, who 



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reigned over Khurasan and Persia, ran away. 
Being brought back, the Grand Vizir, who had 
some pique against the man, earnestly coun- 
selled the King to put him to death for an ex- 
ample to others. On this the slave prostrated 
himself before Amrou, and said : " It is not for 
a slave to dispute the judgment of his lord and 
master ; but, as I have been brought up and sup- 
ported in your palace, I owe you some return of 
gratitude. I am therefore desirous that you 
should not have to answer at the day of judg- 
ment for the shedding of innocent blood. If I 
must die, let me die under some pretext of justice. 
Just allow me to murder the Vizir, and then you 
can avenge his death by mine without any viola- 
tion of equity. Thus shall your soul be saved." 
The sultan smiled, and asked the Vizir his opin- 
ion of the proposal. The latter replied, that as 
his Llighness's soul was concerned in the affair, 
(to say nothing of his own life, and the slave's 
infallible damnation,) perhaps the safest method 
for all parties would be to let the fellow go about 
his business. 

1297. — A Turkish Youth meeting one day 
an old man of a hundred years, who, leaning on 
his staff, formed with his curved person almost 
the figure of a bow, the youth said," How much, 
Shaick, have you paid for that bow, I want to 
buy just such another." — " Have patience, my 
son," rejoined the old man, " if 3^011 live long 
enough you will get such a one for nothing." 

1298. — An Arab of the Desert sat at the 



230 JOE MILLER 

table of a Caliph, and the latter perceived a hair 
on the piece of meat which the other was about to 
devour. " Arab," cried the Caliph, " there is a 
hair on your meat, you had better remove it." — 
" A table," replied the Arab, rising to depart, 
" where the master looks so narrowly at the dishes 
as to espy a single hair, is no place for a child of 
Ismael." 

1299. — A Fellow of atrocious ugliness 
chanced to pick up a looking-glass on his road. 
But when he looked at himself, he flung it away 
in a rage, crying. " Curse you, if you were good 
for any thing you would not have been thrown 
away by your owner." 

1800. — Dr. Graham being on his stage at 
Chelmsford, in Essex, in order to promote the 
sale of his medicines, told the country people, 
that he came there for the good of the public, 
not for want. Then speaking to his merry 
Andrew : " Andrew," said he, " do we come here 
for want? " — " No, faith, Sir," said Andrew, 
" we have enough of that at home." 

1301. — In a Conversation which Sir God- 
frey Kneller held with some gentlemen at Ox- 
ford, relative to the identity of the disinherited 
son of James II., some doubts having been ex- 
pressed, he exclaimed with wrath : " His father 
and mother have sat to me about thirty-six times 
a-piece, and I know every line and bit of their 
faces. Mine Gott ! I could paint Kinp- James 
now, b} r memory. I say, the child is so like both, 



JOE MILLER 231 

that there Is not a feature in his face but what be- 
longs cither to father or mother; this I am sure 
of, and cannot be mistaken — nay, the nails of 
his fingers are his mother's, the queen that was. 
Doctor ! you may be out in your letters, but I 
cannot be out in my lines." 

1302. — A Certain Nobleman having built a 
chapel, had a mind the stair-case leading to it 
should be ornamented with some scripture history 
- — which he at last determined should be the Chil- 
dren of Israel passing through the Red Sea, and 
the Egyptians pursuing them. A painter was 
employed on this occasion, and fell to work im- 
mediately ; and after he had daubed the wall from 
top to bottom with red paint, he called to his lord- 
ship and told him the work was done. — " Done ! " 
quoth the peer, — " What's done? where are the 
Children of Israel? " — " My lord, they are gone 
over," replied the painter. " But zounds ! where 
are the Egyptians then? " — " The Egyptians, 
my lord-? — why they are drowned to be sure." 

1303. — An Intendant of Montpelier, hav- 
ing lost his lady, was solicitous that the chief 
officers of the city should attend her funeral ob- 
sequies. This honour the magistracy thought 
proper to refuse; because it was not customary, 
and might introduce a bad precedent. With a 
view, however, to conciliate the favour of a per- 
son whom it would not be their interest to offend, 
they politely added — " If, Sir, it had been your 
own funeral, we should have attended it with the 
greatest pleasure! " 



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1304. — Notice of Coffee, from Sir H. 
Blunt's Travels in 1634. " They, (the Turks) 
have another drink called cauphe, made of a 
ber^ as big as a small bean, dried in a furnace, 
and beat to powder, of a sooty colour, that they 
seethe and drink, in taste a little bitterish, but as 
may be endured : — it is thought to be the old 
black broth used so much by the Lacedemonians : 
it drieth ill humours in the stomach, comforteth 
the brain," &c. 

1305. — Some Time before the breaking up of 
the British headquarters at Cambray, an Irish 
soldier, a private in the 23d regiment of foot, 
was convicted for shooting at, and robbing a 
French peasant, and was in consequence sen- 
tenced to be hanged. On arriving at the place of 
execution, he addressed the spectators in a sten- 
torian voice, as follows : — " Bad luck to the Duke 
of Wellington ! he's no Irishman's friend anyhow. 
I have killed many a score of Frenchmen by his 
orders, and when I just took it in my head to 
kill one upon my own account, by the powers 
he has tucked me up for it ! " 

1306. — An Ignorant Man, boasting of his 
library of French books, said that he had several 
volumes, but he was surprised that all the French 
productions were the works of one Tom. 

1307. — The Duke of Clarence jocularly 
observing to a Captain of the navy, that he 
heard he read the Bible, wished to know what he 
had learned from it. The Captain replied, that 



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there was one part of Scripture, at least, which 
he well remembered, and thought it contained an 
admirable lesson. — "What is that?" cried the 
duke. " Not to put my trust in princes ! your 
royal highness." 

1308. — An Irishman lately arriving in Lon- 
don, and passing through Broad Street, observed 
a glass globe, containing some fine large Gold 
Fish, he exclaimed — " And sure, this is the first 
time in my life that I've seen live red herrings." 

1309. — An Irishman being told that a friend 
of his had put his money in the stocks. " Well," 
said lie, " I never had a farthing in the stocks, 
but I have had my legs often enough in them." 

1310. — When Prague was besieged by the 
Swedes, under Charles X., a very great glutton 
eat, in the presence of the king, a hog alive. 
General Konigsmark was also a spectator: this 
veteran officer told the king, the fellow was a 
sorcerer, and that it was by enchantment and de- 
ception he appeared to eat what, in fact, he did 
not. The operator being nettled at the gen- 
eral's incredulity, told the prince, that " if he 
would command his officer to take off his boots 
and spurs he would eat him ; " which so terrified 
General Konigsmark, that he retired with great 
precipitancy, choosing rather to put up with a 
little confusion, than be convinced, at so dear a 
price, of the goodness of this fellow's appetite. 

1311. — The following severe epigram upon 
Burke was attributed to the pen of the late Lord 



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Ellenborough ; it. was enclosed in a cover, and 
presented to Burke as he was about to open one 
of the principal charges against Warren Hast- 
ings, in the High Court of Parliament: 

Oft have we wonder'd that on Irish ground, 
No poisonous reptile has ere yet been found. 
Reveal' d the secret stands of Nature's work, 
She sav'd her venom to create a Burke. 

With an air of blended indignation and con- 
tempt he tore it in pieces, and scattered it about 
the hall. The stanza, however, was impressed 
on his memory? and subsequently repeated by 
him to some friends with an air of jocularity. 

1312. — " Mr. Abrahams," said Lord Mans- 
field, " this man is your son, and cannot go in 
the same bail bond." — " He ish not my son, my 
lord." — " Why, Abrahams, here are twenty in 
court will prove it." — " I will shwear, my lord, 
he ish not." — " Take care, Abrahams, or I will 
send you to the King's Bench." — " Now, my 
lord, if your lordship pleases, I will tell }'ou the 
truth."—" Well, I shall be glad to hear the truth 
from a Jew," replied Lord Mansfield. " Mv 
lord, I wash in Amsterdam two years and three 
quarters ; when I came home I flndish this lad : 
now the law obliges me to maintain him ; and 
consequently, my lord, he ish but my son-in-law. " 
— " Well, Moses," rejoined Lord Mansfield, 
" this is the best definition of a son-in-law I ever 
heard." 

1313. — The father of the celebrated Sheridan 



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was one day descanting on the pedigree of his 
family, regretting that they were no longer 
styled O'Sheridan, as they were formerly. " In- 
deed, father," replied Sheridan, then a boy, " we 
have more right to the O than any one else ; for 
we owe everybody." 

1314. — An Irishman who lodged at the Dol- 
phin Inn, Bristol, coming home late one night, 
when all was in bed, and there being no knocker 
on the door, he thumped with his hand for some 
time, and could make nobody hear. At length, 
on the opposite side of the way, he found a house 
with a knocker, and began thumping most un- 
mercifully, when the landlord of the house, put- 
ting his head out of the window, exclaimed, 
" What the devil do you want here at this time, 
disturbing one's rest? " — " Arrah, honey," cried 
Pat, " what the devil did you disturb yourself 
for? I was only borrowing your knocker." 

1315. — Two Irish Seaman being on board 
a ship of war that was lying at Spithead, one of 
them, looking on Haslar Hospital, observed, 
" How much that building puts me in mind of 
my father's stables." — " Arrah, my honey," 
cries the other, " come with me, and I will shew 
you what will put you in mind of your father's 
house." So saying, he led him to the pig-sty — 
" There," said he, " does not that put you in 
mind of your father's parlour? " 

1316. — Frederick I. of Prussia, standing 
one day at a window in his palace, perceived that 



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one of the pages took a pinch of snuff from a 
box which lay on the table. He did not inter- 
rupt him, but turning round immediately after- 
wards, he asked, " Do you like that snuff-box? " 
The page was confounded, and made no reply. 
The king repeated his question, and the page 
said, trembling, that he thought it very beauti- 
ful. " In that case," replied Frederick, " take 
it, for it is too small for us both." 

1317. — It is Well Known that the celebrated 
lawyer Dunning (afterwards Lord Ashburton) 
was a severe cross-examiner, unsparing in his sar- 
casms and reflections upon character, when he 
thought that the truth might be elicited by 
alarming a witness. He sometimes was harsh 
and overbearing, when milder behaviour would 
have done him more credit, and answered his pur- 
pose quite as well. Among the numerous re- 
bukes which he received for this habit of severp 
ity, the following is related, from his brother 
barrister, Jack Lee. He mentioned to Lee that 
he had made a purchase of some manors in Dev- 
onshire. " It would be well," said Lee, " if you 
could bring them to Westminster Hall." 

1318. — The Late Lee Lewes shooting on a 
field, the proprietor attacked him violently : " I 
allow no person," said he, " to kill game on my 
manor but myself, and I'll shoot you, if you 
come here again." — " What," said the other, " I 
suppose you mean to make game of me." 

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came into the privy council, a place of great trust 
happened to become vacant, to which his Majesty 
(George II.) and the Duke of Dorset recom- 
mended two different persons. The king es- 
poused the interest of his friend with some heat, 
and told them he would be obeyed ! but not being 
able to carry his point, left the council-chamber 
in great displeasure. As soon as he retired, the 
matter was warmly debated, but at length carried 
against the king, because if they once gave him 
his way, he would expect it again, and it would 
at length become a precedent. However, in the 
humour the king then was, a question arose con- 
cerning who should carry the grant of the office 
for the ro}^al signature, and the lot fell upon 
Chesterfield. His lordship expected to find his 
sovereign in a very unfavourable mood, and he 
was not disappointed ; he therefore prudently 
forebore incensing him by an abrupt request, 
and instead of bluntly asking him to sign the 
instrument, very submissively requested to know 
whose name his majesty would have inserted to 
fill up the blanks. The king answered in a pas- 
sion, the devil's, if you will." — " Very, well," re- 
plied the earl; "but would your majesty have 
the instrument run in the usual style — Our 
trusty and well-beloved cousin and counsellor? " 
Themonarch laughed and signed the paper. 

1320. — A Country Carpenter having neg- 
lected to make a gibbet (which w T as ordered by 
the executioner), on the ground that he had not 
been paid for the last he had erected, gave so 



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much offence, that the next time the judge came 
the circuit, he was sent for. " Fellow," said the 
judge, in a stern tone, " how came you to neglect 
making the gibbet that was ordered on my ac- 
count? " — " I humbly beg your pardon," said 
the carpenter, " had I known it had been for 
your lordship, it would have been done imme- 
diately." 

1321. — When the Late Lord Paget was 
ambassador at Constantinople, he, with the rest 
of the gentlemen who were in a public capacity at 
the same court, determined on one gala day to 
have each of them a dish dressed after the man- 
ner of their respective countries, and Lord 
Paget, for the honour of England, ordered a 
piece of roast beef, and a plum pudding. The 
beef was easily cooked, but the court cooks not 
knowing how to make a plum pudding, he gave 
them a receipt. " So many eggs, so much milk, 
so much flour, and a given quantity of raisins ; 
to be beaten up together, and boiled for three 
hours." When dinner was served up, first came 
the French ambassador's dish — then that of the 
Spanish ambassador — and next, two fellows 
bearing a tremendous pan, and bawling " Room 
for the English ambassador's dish." — " By 
Jove," cried his lordship, " I forgot the bag, 
and these stupid scoundrels have boiled it without 
one, — and in five gallons of water too." It was 
a noble mess of plum broth. 

1322. — At a Violent Opposition Election 
for Shrcwsbuhy, in the reign of George I., a half 



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pay officer, who was a non-resident burgess, was, 
with some other voters, broughl down from Lon- 
don at the expense of Mr. Kynaston, one of the 
candidates. The old campaigner regularly at- 
tended and feasted at the houses which were 
opened for the electors in Mr. Kynaston's in- 
terest, until the last day of the polling, when, to 
the astonishment of the party, he gave his vote 
to his opponent. For this strange conduct he 
was reproached by his quondam companions, and 
asked what could have induced him to act so dis- 
honourable a part, and become an apostate. " An 
apostate," answered the old soldier, " an apos- 
tate ! by no means — I made up my mind about 
whom I should vote for before I set out upon this 
campaign, but I remembered the duke's constant 
advice to us when I served with our army in 
Flanders, ' Always quarter upon the enemy, my 
lads — always quarter upon the enemy.' " 

1323. — Swift, while resident on his living of 
Larocar, was daily shaved by the village barber, 
who at length became a great favourite with him. 
Razor, while lathering him one morning, said he 
had a great favour to request of his reverence; 
that his neighbours had advised him to take the 
little public-house at the corner of the church- 
yard, which he had done, in the hope that, blend- 
ing the profession of publican with his own, he 
might gain a better maintenance for his family. 
4 * Indeed," said the dean, " and what can I do to 
promote this happy union? " — " An please you," 
replied Razor, " some of my customers have 



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heard much about your reverence's poetry, so 
that if you would but condescend to give me a 
smart little touch in that way, to clap under 
my sign, it might be the making of me and mine 
forever." — " But what do you intend for your 
sign? " says the dean. " The Jolly Barber, if 
it please your reverence, with a razor in one hand, 
and a full pot in the other." — " Well," rejoined 
the dean, " in that case there can be no great 
difficulty in supplying you with a suitable in- 
scription : " so taking up his pen, he instantly 
scratched the following couplet, which was 
affixed to the sign, and remained so for many 
years : 

" Rove not from pole to pole, but step in here, 
Where nought excels the shaving but the beer." 

1324. — The Arm of Dr. Barrow, like his 
argument, was powerful, as the following in- 
stance of his prowess, humanity, and love of 
reasoning, as related by his biographer, will 
shew. Being on a visit to a friend in the coun- 
try, he rose before daybreak one morning, and 
went into the yard. He had scarcely left the 
door, when a large English mastiff, left loose to 
guard the premises during the night, sprung 
upon him. Barrow grappled with the dog, 
threw him on the ground, and himself up m him. 
In this position he remained, till one of the ser- 
vants made his appearance, who instantly called 
off the dog, and extricated the doctor from his 
perilous situation. " Why didn't you strangle 



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him, doctor? " asked the man. — " Because," an- 
swered Barrow, " the brute was only doing his 
duty: and I thought within myself, as I kept 
him under me, if we all did the same, how much 
happier the community would be." 

1325. — In the Days of Charles II., candi- 
dates for holy orders were expected to respond 
in Latin, to the various interrogatories put to 
them by the bishop or his examining chaplain. 
When the celebrated Dr. Isaac Barrow (who was 
fellow of Trinity College, and tutor to the im- 
mortal Newton) had taken his bachelor's degree, 
and disengaged himself from collegiate leading- 
strings, he presented himself before the bishop's 
chaplain, who with the stiff stern visage of the 
times, said to Barrow — 

"Quid est fides?" (what is faith?) 

"Quod non vides" (what thou dost not see), 

answered Barrow with the utmost promptitude. 
The chaplain, a little vexed at Barrow's laconic 
answer, — continued — 

" Quid est spes?" (what is hope?) 
"Magna res" (a great thing), 

replied the young candidate in the same breath., 

"Quid est cliaritas?" (what is charity?) 
was the next question. 

"Magna raritas" (a great rarity), 
was again the prompt reply of Barrow, blending: 
truth and rhyme with a precision that staggered 
the reverend examiner; who went direct to the 



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bishop and told him that a young Cantab, of 
philosophic mien (the faces of reading men in 
those days being generally in the likeness of in- 
verted isosceles triangles ) , had thought proper to 
give rhyming answers to three several moral 
questions : and added that he believed his name 
was Barrow, of Trinity College, Cambridge: 
" Barrow, Barrow ! " said the bishop, who well 
knew the literary and moral worth of the young 
Cantab. " If that's the case, ask him no more 
questions : for he is much better qualified," con- 
tinued his lordship, " to examine us than we 
him." Barrow received his letters of orders 
forthwith. 

1326. — A Gentleman of Maudlin College, 
whose name was Nott, happening one evening to 
be out, was returning late from his friend's rooms 
in rather a merry mood, and, withal, not quite 
able to preserve his centre of gravity. In his 
way he attracted the attention of the proctor, 
who demanded his name and college. " I am 
Nott of Maudlin," was the reply, hiccupping. — 
" Sir," said the proctor, in an angry tone, " I 
did not ask of what college you are not, but of 
what college you are." — " I am Nott of Maud- 
lin," was again the broken reply. The proctor, 
enraged at what he considered contumely, in- 
sisted on accompanying him to Maudlin, whither 
having arrived, he demanded of the porter, 
" whether he knew the gentleman." — " Know 
him, Sir," said the porter, " yes, it is Mr. Nott, 
of this college. v The proctor now perceived his 



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error in not understanding the gentleman, and, 
laughing heartily at the affair, wished him a 
good-night. 

1327. — Bishops Sherlock and Hoadly were 
both freshmen of the same year, at Catherine 
Hall, Cambridge. The classical subject in 
which the} r were first lectured, was Tully's Offices, 
and it so happened, one morning, that Hoadly 
receive^ a compliment from the tutor for the 
excellence of his construing. Sherlock, a little 
vexed at the preference shown to his rival (for 
such they then were), and, thinking to bore 
Hoadly by the remark, said, when they left the 
lecture-room, " Ben, you made good use of 
L'Estrange's translation to-day." — " Why, no, 
Tom," retorted Hoadly, " I did not, for I had 
not got one ; and I forgot to borrow yours, 
which, I am told, is the only one in the college." 

1328. — On a Time, a question arose in the 
University of Cambridge, between the doctors of 
law and the doctors of medicine, as to which 
ought to take precedence of the other on public 
occasions. It was referred to the Chancellor, 
who facetiously inquired whether the thief or the 
hangman preceded at an execution, and, being 
told that the thief usually took the lead on such 
occasions ; " Well, then," he replied, " let doctors 
in law have the precedence, and the doctors of 
medicine be next rank." This humorous obser- 
vation set the point in dispute at rest. 

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prince of modern poets, in his latter days, and 
when he was blind (a thing some men do with 
their eyes open), married a shrew. The Duke of 
Buckingham one day in Milton's hearing, called 
her a rose. — " I am no judge of flowers,'' ob- 
served Milton, " but it may be so, for I feel the 
thorns daily." 

1330. — One of the wooden mitres carved by 
Grin. Gibbon over a prebend's stall, in the cathe- 
dral church of Canterbury, happening to oecome 
loose, Jessy White, the surveyor of that edifice, 
inquired of the dean whether he should make it 
fast — " for, perhaps," said Jessy, " it may fall 
on your reverence's head." — " Well ! Jessy, sup- 
pose it does," answered the humorous' Cantab, 
" suppose it does fall on my head, I don't know 
that a mitre falling on my head would hurt it." 

1331. — Dr. Craven, late master of St. John's 
College, excited the wrath of a waggish student, 
by indulging him with an imposition, for some 
irregularity of conduct. Sky parlour claimed 
the honour of being inhabited by this aspirant to 
philosophical fame, when, watching an opportu- 
nity, as the venerable master was sunning him- 
self beside the college walls, he proceed to dis- 
charge the contents of a huge stone jar upon 
his devoted head : unfortunately, the jar followed 
the water, and was near inflicting on the learned 
doctor the fate of Aeschines. Enraged at this, 
Dr. Craven issued a summons, commanding the 
immediate attendance of the inhabitant of that 
room from whence the pitcher had fallen. Upon 



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his entrance, the doctor exclaimed, " Young man 
— young man, you had nearly killed your poor 
old master — you had nearly killed me ; " when 
the unabashed culprit, with the most perfect non- 
chalance, replied, " I was merely trying some 
hydrostatical experiments." — " Hydrostatical 
experiments ! " exclaimed the enraged master, 
thrown entirely off his guard by the cool answer 
of the Johnian, " I'd thank you, young man, 
when next you pursue your hydrostatical la- 
bours, not to use such a large pitcher." 

1332. — Porson was one day conversing in 
Latin with a certain learned Theban, from the 
sister university, when the latter, wishing to con- 
vince the professor that he was better acquainted 
with the writings of Cicero than any man living, 
affirmed that he had spent thirteen years " in 
perlegendo Cicerone; " to which the Greek pro- 
fessor, with admirable wit, replied, " And Echo 
answered, ove." (Oh, ass!) 

1333. — A Cantab., who happened to be under 
Sir Busick Harwood, when professor, was en- 
joined to live temperately, as a cure for his 
malady. The doctor called upon him one day, 
and found him enjoying himself over a bottle of 
Madeira. — " Ah, doctor ! " exclaimed the pa- 
tient, at the same time reaching out his hand to 
bid him welcome, " I am glad to see you ; you 
are just in time to taste the first bottle of some 
prime Madeira ! " — " Ah ! " replied Sir Busick, 
" these bottles of Madeira will never do — they 
are the cause of all your sufferings ! " — " Are 



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they so? " cried the patient, " then fill your 
glass, my dear doctor; for, since we know the 
cause, the sooner we get rid of it the better." 

1334. — Among the best specimens of allitera- 
tion, may be ranked the well known lines on the 
celebrated Cardinal Wolsey: — 

" Begot by butchers, but by bishops bred, 
How high his honor holds his haughty head ! " 

But the following unpublished sally, by the 
erudite Dr. Parr, is not a whit inferior. — In a 
company consisting principally of divines, the 
conversation naturally turned on the merits of 
the late head of the church, who was thus char- 
acterized by the learned and eccentric doctor, in 
reply to one of the gentlemen : " Sir, he, is a poor 
paltry prelate, proud of petty popularity, and 
perpetually preaching to petticoats." 

1335. — Cambridge Ale, particularly " Au- 
dit," has been long celebrated for its inspiring 
qualities. A certain Trinitarian, who, though 
no barker, is well known among the literati for 
his classical acumen, on receiving a present 
of Audit, exclaimed: — 
"All hail to the ale! It sheds a halo round my head" 

1336. — During the time that the erudite Dr. 
Bentley was preparing an edition of Homer, 
which he had undertaken at the desire of Earl 
Grenville, he was accustomed not infrequently to 
spend his evenings with that distinguished noble- 
man. These congenials, when drinking deep at 



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the classic fountain, would sometimes keep it up 
to a late hour. One morning, after one of their 
mental carousals, the mother of his lordship re- 
proached him for keeping the country clergy- 
man, as she termed the learned Cantab., till he 
was intoxicated. Lord Grenville denied the 
charge, — on which the lady replied, he could not 
have sung in so ridiculous a manner, if he had 
not been in liquor; but the truth was, that the 
singing, which appeared so to have annoyed the 
noble lady, was no- other than the doctor endeav- 
ouring to entertain and instruct Lord Grenville 
in the true cantilena or recitative, of the an- 
cients. 

1337. — At the Sittings of Guildhall, an 
action of debt was tried, before Lord Mansfield, 
in which the defendant, a merchant of London, 
with great warmth, complained of the plaintiff's 
conduct, to his lordship, in having caused him to 
be arrested, not only in the face of the day, but 
in the Royal exchange, and in the face of the 
whole assembled credit of the metropolis. The 
chief justice stopped him with great composure, 
saying, — "Friend, you forget yourself; you 
were the defaulter, in refusing to pay a just 
debt : and let me give you a piece of advice worth 
more to you than the debt and costs: be careful 
not to put it in any man's power to arrest you, 
either in public or private, for the future." 

1338. — Sir Isaac Newton's favourite little 
dog, Diamond, having, in his absence, entered 
his study, he found it, on his return, diverting 



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itself with the remains of some valuable MSS., 
containing the memoranda of many years' la- 
borious research, which it had already torn into 
a thousand pieces ; but so great a command had 
this genius over his temper, that, gathering up 
the remnants, he patted the offender on the head, 
saying, — " Oh ! Diamond, Diamond, you know 
not what mischief you have done ! " 

1339. — " The Bishop of London," says Au- 
brey, " having cut down a noble cloud of trees at 
Fulham, Lord Chancellor Bacon told him, ' he 
was a good expounder of dark places.' " 

1340. — Dr. Parr once called a clergyman a 
fool, who, indeed, was little better. The clergy- 
man said, he would complain of this usage to the 
bishop. " Do," said the doctor, " and my lord 
bishop will confirm you." 

1341. — Ralph Wewitzer, ordering a box of 
candles, said he hoped they would be better than 
the last. The chandler said he was very sorry 
to hear them complained of, as they were as good 
as he could make. " Why," says Ralph, " they 
were very well till about half burnt down, but 
after that they would not burn any longer." 

1342. — Piovano Arloto, a buffoon, boasted 
that in all his life he never spoke truth. " Ex- 
cept," replied another, " at this present mo- 
ment." 

1343. — Colonel Gtise, going over one cam- 
paign to Flanders, observed a young raw officer 
who was in the same vessel with him, and with 



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his usual humanity told him that he would take 
care of him and conduct him to Antwerp, where 
they were both going ; which he accordingly did, 
and then took leave of him. The young fellow 
wps soon told by some arch rogues, whom he hap- 
pened to fall in with, that he must signalize him- 
self by fighting some man of known courage, or 
he would soon be despised in the regiment. The 
young man said, he knew no one but Colonel 
Guise, and he had received great obligations 
from him. It was all one for that, they said, in 
these cases ; the colonel was the fittest man in the 
world, as everybody knew his bravery. Soon 
afterwards, up comes the young officer to Colonel 
Guise, as he was walking up and down the coffee- 
room, and began in a hesitating manner to tell 
him how much obliged he had been to him, and 
how sensible he was of his obligations. " Sir," 
replied Col. Guise, " I have done my duty by you 
and no more." — " But, Colonel," added the 
young officer, faltering, " I am told that I must 
fight some gentleman of known courage, and who 
has killed several persons, and that nobody." — 
" Oh, Sir," interrupted the colonel, " your 
friends do me too much honour; but there is a 
gentleman " (pointing to a fierce looking black 
fellow that was sitting at one of the tables), 
" who has killed half of the regiment." So up 
goes the officer to him, and tells him he is well 
informed of his bravery, and for that reason he 
must fight him. " Who, I, Sir? " replied the 
gentleman, "Why, I am the apothecary!" 



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1344. — At the End of Queen Mary's 
Bloody Reign, a commission was granted to one 
Dr. Cole, a bigoted papist, to go over to Ireland, 
and commence a fiery persecution against the 
Protestants of that kingdom. On coming to 
Chester, the doctor was waited upon by the 
mayor, to whom he shewed his commission with 
great triumph, saying, " Here is what shall lash 
the heretics of Ireland." Mrs. Edmunds, the 
landlady of the inn, hearing these words, when 
the doctor went down stairs with the mayor, 
hastened into the room, opened the box, took out 
the commission, and put a pack of cards in its 
place. When the doctor returned, he put his box 
into the portmanteau without suspicion, and the 
next morning sailed for Dublin. On his arrival, 
he waited upon the Lord Lieutenant and Privy 
Council, to whom he made a speech relating to 
his business, and then presented his box to his 
Lordship ; but on opening it there appeared a 
pack of cards with the knave of clubs uppermost. 
The doctor was petrified, and assured the com- 
pany he had a commission, but what was become 
of it ho could not tell. The Lord Lieutenant an- 
swered, " Let us have another commission, we will 
shuffle the cards the meanwhile." Before the doc- 
tor could get his commission renewed, the Queen 
died, and thus the persecution was prevented. 

1345. — When Mr. Penn, a young gentle- 
man, well known for his eccentricities, walked 
from Hyde Park Corner to Hammersmith, for a 
wager of one hundred guineas, with the honour- 



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able Butler Danvers, several gentlemen who had 
witnessed the contest spoke of it to the Duchess 
of Gordon, and added, it was a pity that a man 
with so many good qualities as this Penn had, 
should be incessantly playing these unaccount- 
able pranks. " It is so," said her grace, " but 
why don't you advise him better? He seems to 
be a pen that everybody cuts, but nobody 
mends" 

1346. — David Hume and R. B. Sheridan 
were crossing the water to Holland, when a high 
gale arising, the philosopher seemed under great 
apprehension lest he should go to the bottom. 
" Why," said his friend, " that will suit your 
genius to a tittle; as for my part, I am only for 
skimming the surface ! " 

1347. — Davenport, a tailor, having set up 
his carriage, asked Foote for a motto. " There 
js one from Hamlet," said the wit, " that will 
match you to a button-hole ; List, list ! oh list ! " 

1348. — Lord Bacon says, reading makes a 
full man, writing an exact man, and conversation 
a ready man. 

1349. — Sir Thomas More being asked by an 
impertinent author his opinion of a book, Sir 
Thomas desired him by all means to put it in 
verse, and bring him it again, which no sooner 
was done, than Sir Thomas looking upon it, said, 
w Yea, now it is somewhat like ; now it is rhyme ; 
before it was neither rhyme nor reason." 



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Whence the proverb, " It is neither rhyme nor 
reason." 

1350. — Quin sometimes said things at once 
witty and wise. Disputing concerning the exe- 
cution of Charles L, " But by what laws," said 
his opponent, " was he put to death ? " — " By 
all the laws that he had left them." 

1351. — As a Lame Country Schoolmaster 
was hobbling one day to his school-room, he was 
met by a certain nobleman, who asked his name 
and vocation. Having declared his name, he 
added, " and I am master of this parish ! " 
— " Master of this parish ! " observed the peer, 
"how can that be?" — "I am master of the 
children of the parish," said the man ; " the chil- 
dren are masters of their mothers : the mothers 
■ are the rulers of the fathers, and consequently 
I am master of the whole parish." 

1352. — " Pray, Mr. Hopner," said lady 
C , " how do you limners contrive to over- 
look the ugliness and yet preserve the likeness? " 
— " The art, madam," replied he, " may be con- 
veyed in two words : where nature has been 
severe we soften ; where she has been kind, we 
aggravate." 

1353. — Lady F had arrived to so ex- 
treme a degree of sensibility, that seeing a man 
go by with a mutilated wheelbarrow, she cried 
out to her companion, " Do turn aside, it dis- 
tresses me above measure to see that poor un- 
fortunate wheelbarrow with one leg." 



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1354. — A Sailor had just returned from the 
West Indies, and sitting, half seas over, in a tap- 
room at Wapping, saw a crowd on the opposite 
side the way ; and, on inquiring the cause, was 
told it was a Quaker's funeral. " A funeral," 
says Jack, " that's new to me; when one of our 
messmates slips his cable, we hoist him overboard 
in a blanket, but I never saw one packed up in a 
box and directed before, so I'll reconnoitre him." 
Accordingly he followed the crowd to the place 
of interment. The funeral ceremony of the 
Quakers consists in the mourners ranging them- 
selves on one side of the grave, and waiting a 
certain time for the inspiration of the spirit. 
Having taken their station, Jack reeled to the 
other side, and there observed the contortions of 
their faces in silent surprise. At length, one of 
them, being moved by the spirit, made a long 
face, and drawled out, " Alas ! there is no happi- 
ness on this side the grave." On which Jack, 
whose patience was exhausted, exclaimed, 
" Then, d- — n your eyes, come on this side." 

1355. — The Late Duchess of Kingston, 
who was remarkable for having a very high 
sense of her own dignity, being one day detained 
in her carriage by a cart of coals that was un- 
loading in the street, she leaned with both her 
arms upon the door, and asked the fellow, " How 
dare you, sirrah, stop a woman of quality in the 
street?" — "Woman of quality," replied the 
man. " Yes, fellow," rejoined her grace, " don't 
you see my arms upon my carriage ? " — " Yes, 



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I do, indeed," says he, " and a pair of plaguy 
coarse arms they are." 

1356. — A Cockney complaining that he had 
lost his appetite was advised to eat oysters before 
dinner, which would be the means of restoring 
it. The next day he met his friend, and up- 
braided him with the folly of his prescription, 
by stating, " that he had eat one hundred oysters 
in the morning, and did not find his appetite a 
bit better." 

1357. — The Old Lord Stamford taking a 
bottle with the parson of the parish, was com- 
mending his own wine. " Here, doctor," said he, 
" I can send a couple of ho — ho — ho — hounds 
to Fra — Fra — France," (for his lordship had a 
great impediment in his speech), " and have a 
ho — ho — hogshead of wine for 'em. What do 
you say to that, doctor?" — "Why, my lord," 
replies the doctor, " I think your lordship has 
your wine dog-cheap." 

1358. — A Young Orator having written a 
speech, which he intended to deliver on a certain 
occasion, gave it to a friend to read, and desired 
his opinion of it. The friend, after some time, 
told the author he had read it over three times: 
the first time it appeared very good, the second 
indifferent, and the third quite insipid. " That 
will do," said the orator, very coolly, " for I 
have only to repeat it once." 

1359. — An Irish Gentleman, sojourning at 
Mitchner's Hotel, Margate, felt much annoyed 



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at the smallness of the bottles, considering the 
high price of wine. One evening taking his glass 
with a friend in the coffee-room, the pompous 
owner came in, when the gentleman, after apol- 
ogizing to Mitchner, told him, he and his friend 
had laid a wager, which he must decide, by tell- 
ing him what profession he was bred to. Mitch- 
ner, after some hesitation at the question, an- 
swered, " that he was bred to the law." — 
" Then," said the gentleman, " I have lost, for 
I laid that you was bred a packer." — " A packer, 
Sir," said Mitchner, swelling like a turkey-cock, 
" what could induce you, Sir, to think I was bred 
a packer?"— "Why, Sir," said the other, "I 
judged so from your wine measures, for I 
thought no man but a skilful packer could put a 
quart of wine into a pint bottle! " 

1360. — A Lady asked an old uncle, who had 
been an attorney, but left off business, " what 
were the requisites for going to law? " To 
which he replied, " Why, niece, it depends upon 
a number of circumstances : in the first place, you 
must have a good cause ; 2dly, a good attorney ; 
3dly, a good counsel ; 4thly, a good evidence ; 
5thly, a good jury; 6thly, a good judge; and, 
lastly, good luck." 

1361. — A Certain Clergyman in the west of 
England being at the point of death, a neigh- 
bouring brother, who had some interest with his 
patron, applied to him for the next presentation ; 
upon which the former, who soon after recovered, 
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said, he wanted his death. " No, no, doctor," 
says the other, " you quite mistake : it was your 
living I wanted." 

1362. — A Gentleman in company complain- 
ing that he was very subject to catch cold in his 
feet, another, not overloaded with sense, told him 
that might easily be prevented, if he would fol- 
low his directions. " I always get," said he, " a 
thin piece of lead out of an Indian chest, and fit 
it to my shoe for this purpose." — " Then, Sir/' 
says the former, " you are like a rope-dancer's 
pole, you have lead at both ends." 

1363. — Pytheas, the daughter of Aristotle, 
being asked, " which was the most beautiful 
colour," answered, " That of modesty." 

1364. — Voltaire, when in London, being at 
a great rout with Lord Chesterfield, a lady in 
company, very much painted, engrossed his con- 
versation. Chesterfield tapped him on the 
shoulder, saying, " Take care you are not capti- 
vated." — " My lord," replied Voltaire, " I scorn 
to be taken by an English bottom under French 
colours." 

1365. — Lady Carteket, wife of the Lord 
Lieutenant of Ireland, in Swift's time, said to 
him, " The air of this country is good." — " For 
God's sake, madam," says Swift, " don't say so 
in England; if you do, they will certainly tax 
it." 

1366. — King Charles II. was reputed a 
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once at Chatham, to view a ship just finished on 
the stocks, he asked the famous Killigrew, " if he 
did not think he should make an excellent ship- 
wright? " Who pleasantly replied, " he always 
thought his Majesty would have done better at 
any trade than his own." No favourable compli- 
ment, but as true a one, perhaps, as ever was 
paid. 

1367. — A Fellow having been adjudged, on 
a conviction of perjury, to lose his ears; when 
the executioner came to put the sentence of the 
law in force, he found that he had been already 
cropped. The hangman seemed a little sur- 
prised. " What," said the criminal, with all the 
sang froid imaginable, " am I obliged to furnish 
you with ears every time you are pleased to crop 
me?" 

1368. — Mr. William Burkitt, going one 
Sunda}' to church from the lecture-house, met an 
old Cambridge friend, who was coming to give 
him a call before sermon. After the accustomed 
salutations, Burkitt told his friend, that as he 
had intended him the favour of a visit, his par- 
ishioners would expect the favour of a sermon. 
The clergyman excused himself, by saying he 
had no sermon with him ; but, on looking at Bur- 
kitt's pocket, and perceiving a corner of his 
sermon-book, he drew it gently out, and put it 
in his own pocket. The gentleman then said with 
a smile. " Mr. Burkitt, I will agree to preach for 
yon." He did so, and preached Burkitt's ser- 
mon. He, however, appeared to great disadvan- 



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tage after Burkitt, for he had a voice rough and 
untuneful, whereas Burkitt's was remarkably 
melodious. " Ah ! " said Burkitt to him archly, 
after sermon, as he was approaching him in the 
vestry, " you were but half a rogue : you stole 
my fiddle, but vou could not steal my fiddle- 
stick." 

1369. — A Countryman residing between 
Arbroath and Montrose was in the practice of 
depositing small sums occasionally in the bank 
at Arbroath. At last, from some motive which 
he deemed prudential, he conceived it might be 
as well to make his next deposit in the bank at 
Montrose. He accordingly went there, and 
handing a certain sum across the counter, in- 
quired if they would keep that for him. " O 
yes," replied the banker : " What is your name? " 
— " What's your business wi' my name, Sir? 
Just gi'e me a bit o' paper," said the country- 
man, with an indignant air. " We cannot give 
a receipt till we know your name and place of 
abode," replied the banker. " O'd, you're ower 

quisitive fo'k for me ! — Provost of Arbroath 

never speers my name, nor yet where I bide: he 
just gi'es me a paper at ance. Sae, Sir, either 
gi'e me a paper or my siller back again, ony of 
them you like." — " Would you let us look at one 

of Provost 's papers ? " said the banker. 

" O, ay, Sir." A receipt from the bank in Ar- 
broath was now produced : in consequence of 
which they were enabled to give a proper voucher 
for the deposit. " Now, Sir, could ye no dune 



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that at first, an' saved yoursel' a' that fasherie? " 
said the countryman, putting up his papers with- 
out looking at them. 

1370. — An English Gentleman travelling 
through the Highlands, came to the inn of Letter 
Fiiilay, in the braes of Lochaber. He saw no 
person near the inn, and knocked at the door. 
No answer. He knocked repeatedly with as little 
success ; he then opened the door, and walked in. 
On looking about, he saw a man lying on a bed, 
whom he hailed thus: " Are there any Christians 
in this house? " — " No," was the reply, " we are 
all Camerons." 

1371. — On the Morning of Sir Walter 
Raleigh's death he smoked, as usual, his favour- 
ite tobacco ; and when they brought him a cup 
of excellent sack, being asked how he liked it, 
Raleigh answered, " As the fellow that, drinking 
of St. Giles's bowl, as he went to Tyburn, said, 
' that was good drink if a man might tarry by 
it.' ' The day before, in passing from West- 
minster-Hall to the Gate-house, his eye had 
caught Sir Hugh Bceston in the throng, and 
calling on him, requested that he would see him 
die to-morrow. Sir Hugh, to secure himself a 
seat on the scaffold, had provided himself with 
a letter to the sheriff, which was not read at 
the time, and Sir Walter found his friend thrust 
by, lamenting that he could not get there. 
" Farewell," exclaimed Raleigh, " I know not 
what shift you will make, but I am sure to have 
a place." In going from the prison to the scaf- 



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fold, among others who were pressing hard to 
see him, one old man, whose head was bald, came 
very forward, insomuch that Raleigh noticed 
him, and asked, " whether he would have aught 
of him ? " The old man answered, " Nothing 
but to see him, and to pray to God for him." 
Raleigh replied, " I thank thee, good friend, and 
I am sorry that I have no better thing to return 
thee for thy good will." Observing his bald 
head, he continued, " but take this nightcap 
(which was a very rich wrought one that he 
wore), for thou hast more need of it now than 
I."— He ascended the scaffold with the same 
cheerfulness he had passed to it; and observing 
the lords seated at a distance, some at windows, 
he requested they would approach him, as he 
wished what he had to say they should all wit- 
ness. This request was complied with by sev- 
eral. 

His speech is well known ; but some copies con- 
tain matters not in others. When he finished, he 
requested Lord Arundel that the king would not 
suffer any libels to defame him after death — 
" And now I have a long journey to go, and 
must take my leave." " He embraced all the 
lords and other friends with such courtly compli- 
ments, as if he had met them at some feast," says 
a letter-writer. Having taken off his gown, he 
called to the headsman to shew him the axe, 
which not being instantly done, he repeated, " I 
prithee let me see it. Dost thou think that I am 
afraid of it? " He passed the edge lightly over 



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his finger, and smiling, observed to the sheriff, 
" This is a sharp medicine, but a sound cure for 
a 1 ! diseases," and kissing it, laid it down. An- 
other writer has, " This is that, that will cure all 
sorrows." After this he went to three several 
corners of the scaffold, and kneeling down, de- 
sired all the people to pray for him, and recited 
a long prayer to himself. When he began to fit 
himself for the block, he first laid himself down 
to try how the block fitted him ; after rising up, 
the executioner kneeled down to ask his forgive- 
ness, which Raleigh with an embrace did, but en- 
treated him not to strike till he gave a token by 
lifting up his hand, " and then, fear not, but 
strike home! " When he laid his head down to 
receive the stroke, the executioner desired him to 
lay his face towards the east. " It was no great 
matter which way a man's head stood, so the 
heart lay right," said Raleigh ; but these were 
not his last words. He was once more to speak 
in this world with the same intrepidity he had 
lived in it — for, having lain some minutes on the 
block in prayer, he gave the signal : but the ex- 
ecutioner, either unmindful, or in fear, failed to 
strike, and Raleigh, after once or twice putting 
forth his hands, was compelled to ask him, " Why 
dost thou not strike? Strike, man!" In two 
blows he was beheaded ; but from the first, his 
body never shrunk from the spot, by any discom- 
posure of his posture, which like his mind, was 
immoveable. 
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blamed him for not keeping Lent, " My mind is 
Catholic, but my stomach Protestant." 

1373. — Benjamin West, President of the 
Royal Academy, when at Rome, lodged opposite 
the Irish college ; where he observed, every day, 
not only many of the students, but several of the 
holy father professors, stumble and reel about on 
their entrance, or exit, at the college gates. He 
was excited by curiosity to inquire of his hostess 
how such irregularities came to be tolerated. 
" Ah ! good seignior," answered the matron, 
" those holy men are afflicted with the falling 
sickness; and it is very surprising, seignior, that 
the Almighty seems to have troubled all the gen- 
tlemen of that nation with the same disorder." 

1374. — Fontenelle, being praised for the 
clearness of his style on the deepest subjects, 
said : " If I have any merit, it is that I have al- 
ways endeavoured to understand myself." 

1375. — A Cektain Cit, who had suddenly 
risen into wealth by monopolies and contracts, 
from a very low condition of life, stood up in 
the pit of the opera with his hat on : the Duchess 
of Gordon whispered to a lady, " We must for- 
give that man : he has so short a time been used 
to the luxury of a hat, that he does not know 
when to pull it off." 

1376. — A Person disputing with Peter Pin- 
dar, said, in grca^ heat, that he did not like to be 
thought a scoundrel. — " I wish," replied Peter, 



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64 that you had as great a dislike to being a 
scoundrel." 

1377. — A Lady in Calcutta asked Colonel 
Ironsides for a mangoe. As he rolled it along 
the table, it fell into a plate of kissmists, a kin:; 
of grape very common in the East Indies: upon 
which Dr. Hunter, a gentleman as eminent for 
his wit as for skill in his profession, neatly ob- 
served, " How naturally man goes to kiss-miss." 

1378. — There was much sound palpable 
argument in the speech of a country lad to an 
idler, who boasted his ancient family : " So much 
the worse for you," said the peasant ; " as we 
ploughmen say, the older the seed the worse the 
crop." 

1379. — A Lady, some time ago, took her 
daughter to a boarding-school in the country, 
for the purpose of tuition; when, after the first 
salutations were over, the matron fixed her eyes 
upon some worked picture subjects in the par- 
lour, and pointing to one more attractive than 
the rest, asked, " What is that? "— " That," re- 
plied the tutoress, " is Charlotte at the tomb of 
Werter." — " Well, I vow," rejoined the lady, 
" it is vastly beautiful. Betsy, my dear, you 
shall work Charlotte in a tub of water." 

1380. — The Reading Fly, a coach so called, 
was one day passing along Fleet-street, when a 
Frenchman, lately arrived in London, was look- 
ing out at the window of a house opposite the 
Bolt-in-Tun coach-office. Seeing this, and hav- 



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ing learned to read, and partly to speak our 
language, he rushed out in great haste, and run- 
ning eagerly into the inn-yard, was asked what 
coach he wanted. " Ah ! " said he, — " no coach ! 
no coach ! — but I vants to hear the Fly read, that 
comes in this diligence." 

1381. — Ned Shuter, as was often the case, 
was reeling home one morning to his lodgings 
extremely dirty, and with a remarkably long 
beard, when he met Garrick under the Piazza. 
" Heavens ! " said David, " Ned, when was you 
shaved last ? " — " Shaved last, Davy ! egad, I 
can't tell, for my barber has turned gentleman 
ever since he has had a thousand pounds in the 
lottery."—" But, Ned, ha ! ha ! " replied David, 
" I never depend upon barbers — I shave myself 
every morning." — " I do not doubt it," resumed 
Ned, " or that you preserve the remainder of the 
lather for the next day." 

1382. — A Cockney Sportsman being out one 
day amusing himself with shooting, happened to 
fire through a hedge, on the other side of which 
was a man, standing or leaning, no matter which. 
The shot passed through the man's hat, but 
missed the bird. " Did you fire at me, Sir? " he 
hastily asked. " O, no, Sir," said the shrewd 
sportsman, " I never hit what I fire at." 

1383. — Some Persons broke into the stables 
belonging to a troop of horse, which was quar- 
tered at Carlisle, and wantonly docked the tail 
of every horse close to the rump. The captain, 



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relating the circumstance next day to a brother 
officer, said he was at a loss what to do with the 
horses. " I fancy you must dispose of them by 
wholesale," was the reply. "Why by whole- 
sale? " — " Because you'll certainly find it im- 
possible to rc-tail them ! " 

1384. — Tom Weston, of facetious memory, 
being in a strolling company in Sussex, when the 
success was even less than moderate, ran up a bill 
of three shillings with his landlord, who, waiting 
on the comedian, insisted on his money immedi- 
ately : " Make yourself easy, my honest fellow," 
said Weston, " for by the gods, I will pay you 
this night in some shape or another." — " See you 
do, Master Weston," retorted the landlord sur- 
lil} 7 ; " and, d'ye hear, let it be as much in the 
shape of three shillings as possible." 

1385. — The Celebrated John Wilkes at- 
tended a city dinner, not long after his promo- 
tion to city honours. Among the guests was a 
noisy vulgar deputy, a great glutton, who, on* 
his entering the dinner-room, always, with great 
deliberation, took off his wig, suspended it on a 
pin, and with due solemnity put on a white cot- 
ton night-cap. Wilkes, who certainly was a 
high-bred man, and never accustomed to similar 
exhibitions, could not take his eyes from so 
strange and novel a picture. At length the 
deputy, with unblushing familiarity, walked up 
to Wilkes, and asked him whether he did not 
think that his night-cap became him? " O 
yes, Sir," replied Wilkes, " but it would look 



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much better if it were pulled quite over your 
face." 

1386. — A Physician in Milan kept a house 
for the reception of lunatics, and by way of 
cure, used to make his patients stand for a length 
of time in a pit of water, some up to the knees, 
some to the girdle, and others as high as the chin, 
pro modo insaniae, according as they were more 
or less affected. An inmate of this establishment, 
who happened by chance, to be pretty well re- 
covered, was standing at the door of the house, 
and seeing a gallant cavalier ride past with a 
hawk on his fist, and his spaniels after him, he 
must needs ask, " What all these preparations 
meant?" The cavalier answered, "To kill 
game." — " What may the game be worth which 
you kill in the course of a year? " rejoined the 
patient. " About five or ten crowns." — " And 
what may your horse, dogs, and hawks, stand 
you in ! " — " Four hundred crowns more." On 
hearing this, the patient, with great earnestness 
of manner, bade the cavalier instantly begone, 
as he valued his life and welfare ; " for," said 
he, " if our master come and find you here, he will 
put you into his pit up to the very chin." 

1387. — A Gentleman, indisposed, and con- 
fined to his bed, sent his servant to see what hour 
it was by a sun-dial, which was fastened to a 
post in his garden. The servant was an Irish- 
man, and being at a loss how to find it, thought 
he was to pluck up the post ; which he accord- 
ingly did, and carried it to his master, with the 



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sun-dial, saying, " Arrah, now look at it your- 
self: it is indeed all a mystery to me." 

1388. — A Gentleman in the West Indies, 
who had frequently promised his friends to leave 
off drinking, without their discovering any im- 
provement, was one morning called on early by 
an intimate friend, who met his negro-boy at 
his door — " Well, Sambo," said he, " where is 
your master? " — " Massa gone out, sare," was 
the reply. " And has he left off drinking yet ? " 
rejoined the first. " Oh, yes, sure," said Sambo, 
" massa leave oft" drinking — he leave off two-tree 
time dis morning." 

1389. — An Irishman having been summoned 
to the Court of Requests at Guildhall, by an 
apothecary, for medicines, was asked by one of 
the commissioners what the plaintiff had from 
time to time served him with, to which he gave 
suitable answers. " And pray," said the com- 
missioner, " what was the last thing he served 
you with? " — " Why, your honour," replied the 
honest Hibernian, " the last thing he served me 
with, please you, was the summons ! " 

1390. — The Turkish Ambassador happen- 
ing to honour the Duke of Newcastle with an 
unexpected visit, called at his grace's house at a 
time when he was about to shave. Not willing 
that so great a personage should be kept a mo- 
ment waiting, the duke hastily ran into his ex- 
cellency's presence with his chin covered with 
lather; upon which the ambassador remarked to 



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some one near, that it was no wonder the people 
of England should be so happy, as they were 
evidently governed by madmen ! 

1391. — A Lady of high ton complimented the 
late King of Prussia so extravagantly, that his 
Prussian Majesty was rather distressed at it: she 
said, " That he was covered with glory, was the 
paragon of Europe, and, in short, the greatest 
monarch and man on earth." — " Madam," re- 
plied the king, " you are as handsome as an 
angel, witty, elegant, and agreeable ; in short, 
you possess all the amiable qualities ; but you 
paint." 

1392. — The Duke of Grammont was the 
most adroit and witty courtier of his day. He 
entered one day the closet of Cardinal Mazarine 
without being announced. His eminence was 
amusing himself, by jumping against the wall. 
To surprise a Prime Minister in so boyish an oc- 
cupation was dangerous ; a less skilful courtier 
might have stammered excuses, and retired. 
The duke entered briskly, and cried, " I'll bet 
you one hundred crowns, that I jump higher 
than your eminence ; " and the duke and cardinal 
began to jump for their lives. Grammont took 
care to jump a few inches lower than the cardi- 
nal, and was, six months afterwards, Marshal of 
France. 

1393. — A Jew came to the Court of King's 
Bench to justify bail for 1800Z. ; when, on the 
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1800Z. and all debts paid, he replied, " My lords, 
upon my vord, dis a very great shuni : and, as I 
am not really vort de half, I vill not justify, my 
lords, for it ; but as de attorney here did give me 
201. bank-note to justify, vat vod your lordships 
have me do vid de monies ? " The Earl of Mans- 
field, who seemed struck with the answer, immedi- 
ately replied, " You are an honest Jew, and I 
would advise you by all means to keep the note ! " 
which Mordecai Israel accordingly did; and, as 
his lordship was going out of court, the Israelite, 
with many bows and scrapes, said, " I humbly 
thank your lordship, for you are the first who 
ever called me an honest Jew." 

1394. — A Publican blowing the froth from 
a pot of porter which he was bringing to a cus- 
tomer, the gentleman struck him. Boniface 
.eagerly asked why he struck him? " Why," re- 
plied the gentleman, " I only returned blow for 
blow." 

1395. — Some school-boys meeting a poor 
woman driving asses, one of them said to her, 
" Good morning, mother of asses ! " — " Good 
morning, my children," was the reply. 

1396. — Dr. South, when he resided at Cav- 
ersham, in Oxfordshire, was called out of bed 
on a cold winter's morning by his clerk, to marry 
a couple who were then waiting for him. The 
doctor hurried up, and went shivering to church : 
but, seeing only an old man of seventy, with a 
woman about the same age, and his clerk, he 



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asked the latter, in a pet, where the bridegroom 
and bride were, and what that man and woman 
wanted. The old man replied, that they came 
there to be married. The doctor looked sternty 
at him, and exclaimed, " Married ! " — " Yes, 
married ! " said the old man, hastily ; " better 
marry than do worse." — " Go, get you gone, you 
silly old fools ! " said the doctor, " get home, and 
do your worst." And then hobbled out of church 
in a great passion with his clerk, for calling him 
out of bed on such a ridiculous errand. 

1397. — A Frolicsome Youth, who had been 
riding out, on approaching Merton College, 
which he had never before visited, alighted, and, 
sans ceremonie, put his horse into a field thereto 
belonging. Word was immediately sent to him 
that he had no right to put his horse there, as 
he did not belong himself to the college. The 
youth, however, took no notice of his warning, 
and the master of that college sent his man to 
him, bidding him say, if he continued his horse 
there, he would cut off his tail. " Say you so? " 
said the wag : " go tell your master, if he cuts 
off my horse's tail, I will cut off his ears." The 
servant returning, told his master what he said. 
Whereupon the master went himself, and in a 
great passion, said, " How, now, Sir, what mean 
you by that menace you sent me? " — " Sir," said 
the other, " I threatened you not, for I only 
said, if you cut off my horse's tail, I would cut 
off his ears.'''' 

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of the publicans in the West Riding of York- 
shire, one of the magistrates said to an old 
woman who kept a little alehouse, that he trusted 
she did not put any pernicious ingredients into 
the liquor ; to which she replied, " There is 
naught pernicious put into our barrels but the 
exciseman's stick ! " 

1399. — Some Soldiers at Chelsea were 
bragging of the privations they had often under- 
gone; when one of them said, he had slept for 
weeks on rough boards, with a wooden pillow ; 
the other observed, that was a comfort compared 
to what he had endured, having slept night after 
night, in Italy, on marble. An Irish fisherman, 
who was in company, observed, it was all bother 
and nonsense, for he had often slept on a bed of 
oysters. 

1400. — A Droll Fellow, who got a liveli- 
hood by fifldling at fairs and about the country, 
was one day met by an acquaintance that had not 
seen him a great while, who accosted him thus : 
"Bless me! what, are you alive?" — "Why 
not? " answered the fiddler; " did you send any- 
body to kill me ? " — " No," replies the other, 
" but I was told you w r as dead." — " Aye, so it 
was reported, it seems," says the fiddler, " but I 
knew it was a lie as soon as I heard it." 

1401. — Mr. M , the artist, was reading 

the paper the other day, while his boy, who has 
the daily task of preparing his palette for him, 
was rubbing in the various tints ; when the boy 



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suddenly stopped, and with an anxious look said, 
" Pray, Sir, I have heard so much about it, will 
you have the goodness to tell me what is the 
Colour o' Morbus? " 

1402. — It is Related of the great Dr. 
Clarke, that when in one of his leisure hours he 
was unbending himself with a few friends in the 
most playful and frolicsome manner, he observed 
Beau Nash approaching; upon which he sud- 
denly stopped; — " My boys (said he), let us be 
grave: here comes a fool." 

1403. — A Gentleman, stopping one evening 
at an inn in the north of England, said to the 
maid-servant who waited on him, and who seemed 
nearly exhausted with the fatiguing duties of 
her situation, " I have no doubt, Sally, but you 
enjoy your bed when you get into it." — " In- 
deed, no, Sir," she replied ; " for as soon as I 
lie down at night, I am fast asleep, and as soon 
as I awake in the morning, I am obliged to get 
up : so that I have no en j oyment in my bed at 
all." 

1404. — A Worthy Churchwarden of Can- 
terbury, lately excused himself by note from a 
dinner party by alleging that he was " engaged 
in taking the senses of his parish." 

1405. — Daft Willie LAw r was the descend- 
ant of an ancient family, nearly related to the 
famous John Law, of Lauriston, the celebrated 
financier of France. Willie on that account was 
often spoken to, and taken notice of by gentle- 



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men of distinction. Posting one clay through 
Kirkaldy, with more than ordinary speed, he was 
met by the late Mr. Oswald, of Dunnikier, who 
asked him where he was going in such a hurry. 
" Going," says Willie, with apparent surprise, 
" I'm gaen to my cousin Lord Elgin's burial." — 
" Your cousin Lord Elgin's burial, you fool ! 
Lord Elgin's not dead," replied Mr. Oswald. 
" Ah, deil ma care," quoth Willie, " there's sax 
doctors out o' Embro' at 'im, and they'll hae him 
dead afore I win forat." 

1406. — Dr. Johnson once called upon Mr. 
Garrick, in Southampton-street, and was shewn 
into his study ; but unfortunately the door being 
left open, he strayed into an adjoining room, 
which contained all the novels and lighter works, 
which had been presented as elegant tributes to 
this admired actor. Johnson read first a bit of 
one, then another, and threw all down ; so that, 
before the host arrived, the floor was strewed 
with splendid octavos. Garrick was exceedingly 
angry at finding Johnson there ; and said, " it 
was a private cabinet, and no company was ad- 
mitted there." — " But," says Johnson, " 1 was 
determined to examine some of your valuables, 
which I find to consist of three sorts, stuff, trash, 
and nonsense." 

1407. — It does not seem to be generally 
known that the studious among the ancient 
Greeks were always accustomed to walk into the 
fields or gardens with a tablet and stylus sus- 
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When any new thought or image came over their 
mind, their waxen memorandum-book and iron 
pencil were ever ready to register it, and prevent 
oblivion. Euripides, a man of strong passions 
but severe manners, was one day looking intently 
upon one of these tablets, in the public gardens, 
when a celebrated courtezan, who was passing, 
inquired what he saw there to fix his attention 
so? " Something," he replied, " more beautiful 
than your face." 

1408. — The Chancellor Aguesseau wrote 
a work on Jurisprudence, in four volumes, in the 
quarter of an hour his wife each day kept him 
waiting for his dinner. 

1409. — When Mr. Justice Park was at 
Harrowgate, a year or two ago, he had occasion 
to write to town. Before dating his letter, re- 
membering that Harrowgate is spelt both with 
and without the w, he called the waiter, and, in 
his usual hesitating manner, said, " Pray? waiter 

— is there — a — w in Harrowgate? " — " Oh, 

Sir," said the moral waiter, astounded at such 
a query from a grave old gentleman : " Oh, Sir, 
we never allow any such doings in this house ! " 

1410. — Malhebbe, who prided himself on his 
blunt honesty, was one day shewn by a courtier 
some poetry, which stated that France moved out 
of her place to receive her king. " Now this 
must have happened in my lifetime," said Mal- 
herbe.: " but upon my word, Sir, I do not recol- 
lect it." 



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1411. — In one of the sittings of the national 
convention, Lanjuinais spoke against arbitrary 
arrests. The deputy Legendre, a butcher by 
profession, observing him insist upon his argu- 
ment, cried out in a menacing tone, and with 
fierce gesticulation — " Descend from the tribune, 
or I will knock you on the head," Lanjuinais 
replied with cool irony — " Cause me to be de- 
creed an ox, and you shall knock me on the 
head ! " 

1412. — I Have a very favourable opinion 
(says an old author) of that young gentleman 
who is curious in fine mustachios. The time he 
employs in adjusting, dressing, and curling 
them, is no lost time ; for the more he contem- 
plates his mustachios, the more his mind will 
cherish, and be animated by, masculine and 
courageous notions. 

1413. — At One of the Holland-house Sun- 
day dinner-parties, a year or two ago, Crock- 
ford's Club, then forming, was talked of; and 
the noble hostess observed, that the female pas- 
sion for diamonds was surely less ruinous than 
the rage for play among men. " In short, you 
think," said Mr. Rogers, " that clubs are worse 
than diamonds." This joke excited a laugh, 
and when it had subsided, Sidney Smith wrote 
the following impromptu sermonet — most appro- 
priately on a card: 

" Thoughtless that ' all that's brightest fades,' 
Unmindful of that Knave of Spades, 



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The Sexton and his Subs': 
How foolishly we play our parts ! 
Our wives on diamonds set their hearts, 

We set our hearts on clubs! 

1414. — Amasis, a man of humble origin, was 
the favourite, and afterwards the successor of 
Apries, king of Egypt. Finding himself 
somewhat despised by the people on account of 
his mean extraction, he hit upon this method of 
curing their folly : he caused a golden basin in 
which he used to wash his feet, to be converted 
into the statue of a god, and had it set up in 
a conspicuous part of the capital. The super- 
stitious multitude flocked to worship it. Amasis 
now told them that the object of their veneration 
had once been nothing but a vile utensil ; " and," 
said he, " it is the same with me : I was formerly 
a humble individual — I am now your king. 
Take care, therefore, to respect me according to 
the station I now hold." 

1415. — Captain Morris, whose Bacchana- 
lian songs are well known, was in his advanced 
age compelled to exist on a small income. The 
Duke of Norfolk, whose table he had for many 
years gladdened, if not graced, was one evening 
lamenting very pathetically to John Kemble, 
over the fifth bottle, the precarious state of 
Charles Morris's income : John did not like at 
first to tell the Duke plainly what he, as a 
wealthy man, ought to do; but when the sixth 
bottle was produced, Kemble arose " like a 
tower," and broke out, as Jack Bannister tells 



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the story, into a sort of blank-verse speech, into 
the numbers of which he always fell, when nearly 
drunk. As Bannister relates it, the speech was 
as follows, true, as Kemble ever was, to the very 
rhythm of Shakspeare : 

'• And does your grace sincerely thus regret 

The destitute condition of your friend, 

With whom you have passed so many pleasant hours? 

Your Grace hath spoke of it most movingly. 

Is't possible the highest peer o' th' realm, 

Amidst the prodigalities of fortune, 

Should see the woes which he would not relieve? 

The empty breath and vapour of the world, 

Of common sentiment, become no man: 

How should it then be worthy of your Grace? 

But Heaven, Lord Duke, hath placed you in a sphere, 

Where the wish to be kind, and being so, 

Are the same thing. A small annuity 

From your o'erflowing hoards ; a nook of land, 

Clipped from the boundless round of your domains, 

Would ne'er be felt 'a monstrous cantle out ; ' 

But you would be repaid with usury ; 

Your gold, mv Lord, with prayers of grateful joy; 

Your fields would be overflowed with thankful tears, 

Ripening the harvest of a grateful heart." 

It is almost needless to say what everybody knows 
— that the Duke at once granted the prayer of 
the actor's petition. 

1416. — The Rabbins make the giant Gog or 
Magog contemporary with Noah, and convinced 
by his preaching. So that he was disposed to 
take the benefit of the ark. But here lay the 
distress ; it by no means suited his dimensions. 
Therefore, as he could not enter in, he contented 
himself to ride upon it astride. And though 
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he was more than half boots over, he kept his 
seat, and dismounted safely, when the ark 
landed on Mount Ararat. Image now to your- 
self this illustrious Cavalier mounted on his 
hackney: and see if it does not bring before you 
the Church, bestrid by some lumpish minister of 
state, who turns and winds it at his pleasure. 

1417. — The Distinctive Quality of Halle's 
character was disinterestedness. Content with 
the comforts which his patrimony procured, 
he always shewed a marked predeliction for 
pauper practice ; and even when his high reputa- 
tion had gained him, as it were, in spite of him- 
self, a brilliant list of patients, he displayed the 
greatest ingenuity in the invention of pretexts 
for the refusal of his fees. Not only (as is 
indeed the common practice) did he refuse to 
accept them from his friends, his professional 
brethren, his acquaintance, and his most distant 
relations ; he even excluded entire classes from 
the number of those from whom he would submit 
to receive them. Among these he reckoned ar- 
tists, " because," he said, " as the son, the 
brother, the nephew of artists, he considered 
them all as his relations ; " and ecclesiastics, 
" for," said he, " if they are poor, they owe me 
nothing; if they are rich, their surplus belongs 
to the poor." In a word, he would scarcely ac- 
cept of remuneration except from a member of 
the privileged classes. 

1418. — A Gallant Soldier was once heard 
to say, that his only measure of courage was this ; 



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" Upon the first fire, I immediately look upon 
myself as a dead man ; I then fight out the re- 
mainder of the day, as regardless of danger as 
a dead man should be. All the limbs which I 
carry out of the field I regard as so much gained, 
or as so much saved out of the fire." 

1419. — A Physician attending a lady several 
times, had received a couple of guineas each 
visit ; at last, when he was going away, she gave 
him but one; at which he was surprised, and 
looking on the floor, as if in search of something, 
she asked him what he looked for. " I believe, 
Madam," said he, " I have dropt a guinea." — 
" No, Sir," replied the lady, " it is I that have 
dropt it." 

1420. — The Persian Musicians appear to 
have known the art of moving the passions, and 
to have generally directed their music to the 
heart. Al Farabi, a philosopher, who died about 
the middle of the tenth century, on his return 
from the pilgrimage of Mecca, introduced him- 
self, though a stranger, at the court of Seifed- 
doula, sultan of Syria. Musicians were acci- 
dentally performing, and he joined them. The 
prince admired him, and wished to hear some- 
thing of his own. He drew a composition from 
his pocket, and distributing the parts amongst 
the band, the first movement threw the prince 
and his courtiers into violent laughter ; the next 
melted all into tears ; and the last lulled, even the 
performers, asleep. 



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1421. — When Pallas, the celebrated nat- 
uralist, offered his collection of minerals to the 
Russian government, he demanded, after calcu- 
lating its value, the sum of 10,000 rubles for it. 
Catherine herself examined the collection ; and, 
taking the letter which M. Pallas had addressed 
to the government, wrote on the margin in reply 
— " M. Pallas is a learned mineralogist, but a 
very bad calculator: we direct that he be paid 
20,000 rubles for his collection." 

1422. — The Extravagant Compliments 
that are considered ordinary civilities by the na- 
tives of Hindostan, astonish and puzzle the 
European stranger. If totally unacquainted 
with oriental manners, he recoils at their out- 
rageous adulation, and is sure to regard it as 
the most insulting irony. When the late Mar- 
quis of Hastings was visited by one of the Rajahs 
of the northern provinces, his Lordship inquired 
after his health.* "Heavens!" exclaimed the 
Rajah, " how can your lordship ask such a ques- 
tion : in the presence of so great a man who could 
be ill?" 

1423. — Though the accounts left us of the 
condition of authors in antiquity are very ob- 
scure, it is quite clear from many passages, and 
especially from one in Martial, that they sold 
copies of their works ; but that what we call copy- 
right was wholly unknown. The copyists 
(librarii) were altogether distinct from the 
booksellers (bibliopoles). The following, form- 
ing part of the 118th Epigram, is the passage 



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referred to : — " Whenever I meet you, Lupercus, 
you say to me, l * Allow my slave to call on you 
for the purpose of getting your volume of Epi- 
grams, and I will return it when I have read it.' 
Do not give your slave the trouble, is my reply. 
My lodging is at a great distance, and I occupy 
the third floor. You will find what you want 
much nearer. You go often into the district of 
Argiletum. There and near Caesar's place you 
will find a shop, the doors of which are covered 
with the names of poets ; enter and ask for me, 
giving yourself no concern about Atrectus, the 
shopkeeper; and from the first or second shelf a 
Martial will be handed to you, polished and em- 
bellished with purple ornaments, for which he 
will demand of you five denarii — ' Eh ! ' you re- 
join, ' you are not worth so much.' — Lupercus, 
you are right." 

1424. — The Fashion of shaving the beard 
was first introduced into Greece about the time of 
Alexander the Great. It was at first, however, 
regarded as a mark of effeminacy, and was only 
practiced by low persons and fops. The great 
musician Timotheus wore a very long beard ; and 
Diogenes one day meeting a man with a smoothly 
shaven chin, inquired of him whether he shaved 
as a reproach to nature for having made him a 
man and not a woman? 

1425. — " I Asked the little shabby bare- 
footed boy, our guide, (says an American travel- 
ler) whether he worked at a wool-manufactory 
we were passing, ' No,' said he, rather 



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bluntly ; ' I go to school ; my father's a 'squire.' 
Thinking I did not hear correctly, I repeated the 
question, and received the same answer. ' And 
pray what is a 'squire — what does he do? ' — 
' Oh, he attends sessions, trials, and hears 
causes.' — ' And what may your father do at 

other times ? ' — ' He assists Mr. , at the 

tavern there, in the bar ! ' " 

1426. — Lord Kellie was, like his prototype 
Falstaff, not only witty himself, but the cause 
of wit in other men. Mr. A. Balfour, the Scot- 
tish advocate, and a man of considerable humour, 
accompanied by great formality of manners, 
happened to be one of a convivial party, when 
his lordship was at the head of the table. After 
dinner he was asked to sing, but absolutely re- 
fused to comply with the pressing solicitation of 
the company. At length Lord Kellie told him 
that he should not escape; he must either sing a 
song, tell a story, or drink a pint bumper. Mr. 
B. being an abstemious man, chose rather to tell 
a story than incur the forfeit. " One day, (said 
he in his pompous manner) a thief in the course 
of his rounds saw the door of a church left in- 
vitingly open. He walked in, thinking that even 
there he might lay hold of something useful. 
Having secured the pulpit cloth, he was retreat- 
ing, when, lo ! he found the door shut. After 
some consideration he adopted the only means 
of escape left, namely, to let himself down by the 
bell rope. The bell of course rung — the people 
were alarmed, and the thief was taken just as 



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lie reached the ground. When they were drag- 
ging him away, he looked up, and emphatically 
addressed the bell, as / now address your lord- 
ship, Had it not been, said he, for your long 
tongue, and your empty head, I should have 
made my escape ! " 

1427. — One Day Dean Swift observed a 
great rabble assembled before the deanery door, 
in Kevin street, and upon inquiring into the 
cause of it he was told they were waiting to see 
the eclipse. He immediately sent for the beadle 
and told him what he should do. Away ran 
Davy for his bell, and after ringing it some time 
among the crowd, bawled out — " O yes, O yes ! 
all manner of persons here concerned are desired 
to take notice, that it is the dean of St. Patrick's 
good will and pleasure, that the eclipse be put off 
till this time to-morrow! so God save the King 
and his reverence the Dean."— The mob upon 
this dispersed, only some Irish wit more shrewd 
and cunning than the rest, said with great self- 
complacency, that " They would not lose another 
afternoon, for that the dean who w r as a very 
comical man might take it into his head to put 
off the eclipse again, and so make fools of them 
a second time." 

1428. — During the reign of Toryism a cele- 
brated Tobacconist, residing not one hundred 
miles from St. James's Street, called upon Lord 
E in the way of business. The conversa- 
tion taking a political turn, the knight of pig- 



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tail and short-cut ventured to make some cutting 
remarks on the impolitic measures of the govern- 
ment in the exaction of taxes ; the minister at 
length getting into a rage which he had not 
sufficient strength of mind to dissemble, rose 
from his seat and ringing the bell, observed, 
" you are a pretty fellow truly to talk to me 
in this manner about politics ; go home, Sir, and 
grind your snuff." To this tory retort this 
small pounder of a cabinet minister, the worthy 
tobacconist, coolly yet sarcastically replied — 
" Grind my snuff ! — 'Tis better to grind snuff 
than grind the people. — The people are at length 
getting up to snuff." 

1429. — Poor Washee was so pestered with a 
Roman Catholic missionary that he consented to 
turn Christian. He was duly baptised, and the 
priest changed his heathen name of Washee to 
that of the apostolic John. One of the duties 
imposed on him was to eat no meat but fish on 
Friday; which he very much objected to, and 
only promised to observe through fear of eternal 
punishment. The following Friday however 
the priest called on the negro, and found him 
busily employed upon a fine rump steak. The 
horrified Catholic was commencing a long ser- 
mon when master blakee exclaimed, — " Dis no 
meat, massa, dis fine fish." — " How — how." — 
" I'll tell you — you baptize poor Washee — you 
sprinkle water in his face, and say your name 
no more Washee — you called henceford John. — 
Well, massa, me baptize beef-take — me sprinkle 



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water on it — me say, your name no more meat, 
you called henceford fish." 

1430. — Michael Angelo, the great sculp- 
tor and poet, ( for some of his sonnets and other 
pieces are extremely grand and beautiful) early 
evinced a strong inclination for the art. His 
progress was so astonishing that at the age of 
fourteen he is said to have rivalled, and even 
been able to correct the drawings of his master 
Domenico Ghirlaudajo. When he was an old 
man one of these drawings being shewn to him, 
he modestly said, " In my youth I was a better 
artist than I am now." — His quickness of eye was 
wonderful, he used to say that a sculptor should 
carry his compass in his eye; the hands, indeed, 
said he, do the work, but the eye judges. Of his 
power of eye he was so certain that having once 
ordered a block of marble to be brought to him 
he told the stone-cutter to cut away some partic- 
ular parts of the marble, and to polish others. 
Very soon an exquisite figure starts out from the 
block. The stone-cutter looking amazed. — " My 
friend," says Michael, " what do you think of it 
now? " — " I hardly know what to think of it," 
answered the astonished mechanic, " it is a very 
fine figure, to be sure. I have infinite obliga- 
tions to you, Sir, for thus making me discover 
in myself a talent which I never knew I pos- 
sessed." — Angelo, full of great and sublime 
ideas of his art, lived very much alone, and never 
suffered a day to pass without handling his 
chisel, or his pencil. When some person re- 



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proached him, with living so melancholy and 
solitary a life, he said, " Art is a jealous mis- 
tress, she requires possession of the whole heart." 

1431. As THE COMMANDEUR DE SlKLERY, 

who was ambassador from France to the Pope, 
was one day walking with the Venetian ambassa- 
dor, in the Square before the beautiful church of 
the Giesu at Rome, — (where it appears there is 
always air, even in the hottest day of summer) 
he said to him — " What an odd thing it is that 
there should always be something of a breeze 
here, can your excellency account for it? " — 
" Perfectly well," replied the Venetian, " upon 
a tradition that has long been current in this 
city. The devil and the wind were one day walk- 
ing together in the streets of Rome, when coming 
to the Jesuit's College, in this place, the devil 
said to the wind, ' Pray be so good as to stay 
here a minute or two, I have a word to say to 
these good fathers within.' — The devil, as the 
story goes, never returned to his companion, who 
has been waiting ever since for him at the door ! " 

1432. — A Boy having run away from school 
to go to sea, his friends wrote to him, " that 
death would be perpetually staring him in the 
face ; " to which he replied, " Well, what of that, 
every ship is provided with shrouds.'* 

1433. — A Facetious Fellow having un- 
wittingly offended a conceited puppy, the latter 
told him he was no " Gentleman." — " Are you a 
Gentleman? " asked the droll one.—" Yes, Sir," 



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bounced the fop. " Then I am very glad / am 
not," replied the other. 

1434. — Thomas Fuller, the historian, so 
well known for his quaint sayings and bright 
points, was one day riding with a gentleman 
named Sparrowhawk. The name roused his 
fancy, and he asked him what was the difference 
between "a Sparrowhawk and an owl?" — 
" Why, Sir," replied his companion, " the owl is 
fuller in the head, fuller in the body, and fuller 
all over." 

1435. — An Old Spitalfields Weaver a 
short time ago returned by one of the Dover 
coaches to town, who very much amused his fel- 
low travellers by his singular inquiries and droll 
remarks. As the coach was descending Chatham 
Hill, he discovered, as he stooped to pick up his 
gin bottle, that the wheel was locked — in a great 
fright, he bawled out, " Coachman ! stop coach- 
man ! vy ve don't go on, the veel don't go round." 

1436. — Some Caution is requisite in passing 
our opinion upon strangers — a caution, however, 
which few of us adopt. At a public levee at the 
Court of St. James's, a gentleman said to Lord 
Chesterfield, " Pray, my Lord, who is that tall 
awkward woman yonder? " — " That lady, Sir," 
replied his Lordship, " is my sister! " The gen- 
tleman reddened with confusion, and stammered 
out, " No — no, my lord — I beg your pardon — I 
meant that very ugly woman who 'stands next 
to the Queen."— " That lady, Sir," answered 



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Lord Chesterfield calmly — " that lady, Sir, is — 
my wife! " 

1437. — -A Lady meeting a girl who had lately 
left her service, inquired — " Well, Mary, where 
do you live now? " — " Please, Ma'am, I don't 
live no where now," rejoined the girl, " I'm mar- 
ried ! " 

1438. — Two Bucks, lately sitting over a pint 
of wine made up for the deficiency of port b} T 
the liveliness of their wit. After many jokes had 
passed, one of them took up a nut, and holding 
it to his friend, said, " If this nut could speak, 
what would it say?" — "Why," rejoined the 
other, " it would say, give me none of your jaw." 

1439. — Nicolini, the dramatic writer, no less 
enthusiastic in his politics than in his poetry, 
was librarian to the Grand Duke of Florence. 
He requested his discharge. " Why so, Nico- 
lini ? " said Ferdinand. " Highness ! my senti- 
ments are adverse to the occupation," answered 
he, " and I never mount this stair-case but with 
abhorrence. Let me plainly say it, I detest the 
service of princes ! " The Grand Duke was sur- 
prised at language so intemperate ; but, know- 
ing that Nicolini was an irreproachable man, and 
that nothing was remoter from his character than 
ingratitude, he replied, " Well, Nicolini, if you 
insist on your discharge, you must have it. I 
have nothing to say-, when your conscience and 
feelings will not permit you to retain the office." 
Within four or five days, his younger brother was 



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promoted to the rank of captain ; and, going to 
court on the occasion, the Grand Duke asked him 
very particularly how the elder did, without the 
slightest reference to what had passed, and men- 
tioned him as a very worthy man, and one whose 
talents did honour to his family and his country. 
Soon afterwards, a new place was created for the 
republican, more congenial to him, that of lec- 
turer to the Academy of Painting and Sculp- 
ture. In this manner did Ferdinand treat his 
subjects whose sentiments were adverse to his 
form of Government. Never has any man ap- 
proached so near to a command which no one 
has executed, Love those who curse you. Good 
nature, patience, forbearance, reconciliation of 
one family to another, the reverse of what is as- 
sumed for a motto by many rulers, were his daily 
practices. 

1440. — The Grand Duke (Ferdinand of 
Florence) was much occupied in building, and 
was often out of doors among the labourers. He 
was watching them one day, (for masons, of all 
workmen, want watching the most,) when a 
bucket- full of rubbish was thrown down, and 
covered him from head to foot. Something of 
pain was added to his surprise, and, uttering one 
exclamation, he hurried toward the palace-door 
on the side of the garden. The labourer heard 
a voice, and looking down, and seeing a hat on 
the ground, covered with mortar, he descended 
the ladder from curiosity. Turning his bodv 
from it, the first object he beheld was the Grand 



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Duke, standing against the wall under the scaf- 
folding and wiping his shoulder with his hand- 
kerchief. The labourer threw himself on his 
knees,- implored forgiveness, — prayed the Vir- 
•gin to soften his heart, — could never have sup- 
posed that his Highness was below. " It is well 
it was I," replied the good man in the midst of 
this, and still wiping his shoulder and sleeves ; 
" say nothing about it." For he knew that, if 
it had happened to a prime minister or a prime 
menial, the poor creature of a mason would have 
been dismissed. And, perhaps, he suspected it 
might happen so; for some days afterwards he 
asked, " How many were at work? " and (when it 
was told him) " Whether the same number had 
been there constantly?" Inquisitive man, how 
he idled and trifled ! and at a time when the first 
princes and opera dancers in the world were at 
the Congress of Vienna, fixing the fate of na- 
tions ! 

1441. — At a Doctor's Shop, a few doors 
from Westminster Bridge may be seen written 

up, the following notification : — " J. R , 

Surgeon, Apothecary, Accoucheur, and Chemist 
to the King" 

1442. — " You Find Me Older," observed 
Louis XIV. to Pcirre Mignard, the painter, as 
he sketched the likeness of the King. " Some 
campaigns only, please your Majesty," replied 
the skilful artist. 

1443. — Hollar, the celebrated engraver, 



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died, as he had for the greater part of his life 
lived, in the greatest poverty. Within a few 
days of his dissolution bailiffs were sent to seize 
the bed on which he lay, for a small debt which 
he was unable to discharge. " Spare me," said 
the expiring artist, " my bed for a little while — 
only till I find another in the grave." 

1444. — " I Was Charmed," says Lord Ox- 
ford, " with the answer of a poor man in Bedlam, 
who was insulted by an apprentice, because he 
would not tell him why he was confined. The 
unhappy creature at last said, ' Because God 
Almighty has deprived me of a blessing which 
you never had.' " 

1445. — A Certain Bishop having recently 
conferred a piece of preferment on an able and 
amiable divine, resident near London, the gentle- 
man wrote to his son, who is at school at 
Brighton, announcing the circumstance ; add- 
ing, how extremely kind the bishop had been in 
giving him a stall ; to which the youth returned 
the following answer : " Dear father, I am ex- 
tremely glad to hear of your preferment — now 
the bishop has given you another stall, perhaps 
you will keep another horse." 

1146. — Some one seeing a beggar in his shirt, 
in winter, as brisk as another muffled up to the 
ears in furs, asked him how he could endure to go 
so? The man of many wants replied, "Why, 
Sir, you go with your face bare ; I am all face." 



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A good reply, for a regular beggar, whether 
taken in a jocose or a philosophical sense. 

1447. — " How do You Find Yourself, Mrs. 
Judy? " said a St. Bartholomew's surgeon, after 
taking off the arm of an Irish basket-woman — 
" How do I find myself? why, without my arm 
— how the devil else should I find myself? " was 
Mrs. Judy's reply. 

1448. — Mr. Justice P , a well-meaning, 

but particularly prosing Judge, on one of his 
country circuits, had to try a man for stealing a 
quantity of copper. In his charge he had fre- 
quent occasion to mention the " copper," which 
he uniformly called " lead," adding, " I beg 
your pardon, gentlemen — copper; but I can't 
get the lead out of my head? " At this candid 
confession the whole court shouted with laughter. 

1449. — Two Scotch Clergymen, who were 
not so long-headed as they themselves imagined, 
met one day in the turning of a street, and ran 
their heads together unawares. The shock was 
rather stunning to one of them. He pulled off 
his hat, and laying his hand on his forehead, 
said, " Sic a thump ! my heed's a' ringing again." 
— " Nae wonder," said his companion, " your 
heed was aye Boss (empty), that makes it ring; 
my heed disna ring a bit." — " Flow could it 
ring," said the other, " seeing it is craclcetf 
Cracket vessels never ring." Each described the 
other to a T. 

1450. — At the Middlesex Sessions, a boy 



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was called as a witness in a case of assault, and 
before he gave evidence, Mr. Const, the Chair- 
man, asked him if he knew the nature of an oath. 
The boy said he did. " Have you learnt your 
Catechism?" inquired the Chairman. "Yes," 
said the boy. " Does not one of the command- 
ments forbid you to lie? " — " Yes, Sir," said the 
boy. " What are the words of that command- 
ment? " asked the Chairman. " Thou shalt not 
commit adultery, Sir," answered the boy. The 
answer created a roar of laughter in Court. 

1451. — Sir William Curtis lately sat near 
a gentleman at a civic dinner, who alluded to the 
excellence of the knives, adding, " that articles 
manufactured from Cast steel were of a very 
superior quality, such as razors, forks, &c." — 
" Aye," replied the facetious Baronet, " and 
soap too — there's no soap like Castile soap." 

1452. — A Miller, who attempted to be witty 
at the expense of a youth of weak intellects, ac- 
costed him with, " John, people say that you are 
a fool." To this, John replies, " I don't know 
that I am, Sir; I know some things, Sir, and 
some things I don't know, Sir." — " Well, John, 
what do you know? " — " I know that millers 
always have fat hogs, Sir." — " And what don't 
you know? " — " I don't know whose corn they 
eat, Sir." 

1453.— The Late Cecil, of St. John's, Bed- 
ford-row, was, as is well known, a shrewd ob- 
server of men and manners. One day he met, in 



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the course of his walks, an Italian with a box 
of plaster medals. They were superior even to 
Bani's best. Cecil, who was also a man of some 
taste in the fine arts, appreciated them at once, 
and told the artist that he might soon make a 
fortune by his casts. The poor fellow could not 
make bread by them. Cecil was amazed, and 
asked, if he had exhibited them properly? " Ah, 
Sair," said the Italian, " dere is no getting on 
here vitout a monkey and a feedle." Cecil did 
not forget this. Being some time after, at a 
Committee of ways and means in behalf of a 
Humane Institution, the funds of which were de- 
clining, one member said, " We must have a 
popular preacher to the Chapel of the Institu- 
tion, or we shall not get on." Another said, 
" We must have a new organ, too, or we shall not 
get on." — " True," said Cecil, " as the Italian 
said, there is no getting on here without a 
monkey and fiddle." He then told his story, 
which, by the way, cuts wider and deeper than he 
seems to have discerned at the time. 

1454. — When Dr. Ehrenberg (the Prus- 
sian traveller) was in Egypt, he said to a peasant, 
" I suppose you are quite happy now ; the coun- 
try looks like a garden, and every village has its 
minaret." — " God is great ! " replied the peas- 
ant ; " our master gives with one hand and takes 
with two." 

1455. — Franz Hayman was a dull dog. 
When he buried his wife, a friend asked him why 
he expended so much money on her funeral? 



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" Ah, Sir ! " replied he, " she would have done as 
much, or more, for me, with pleasure." 

1456. — A Gentleman travelling through 
France during summer, ordered his servant to 
wake him at six o'clock in the morning. Wher 
at that hour the man entered the bed-room, hie 
master inquired, " what sort of weather is it? " 
The sleepy servant drew open what, in the dark, 
appeared to him a window-shutter, and replied, 
" Monsieur, il ne fait point de terns; et il sent 
le fromage — Sir, there is no weather at all; and 
it smells of cheese." He had opened a waiter's 
store cupboard. 

1457. — Diogenes once said to Aristippus, 
" If you could eat cabbages, you would not have 
to pay your court to the great ; " to which Aris- 
tippus replied, " If you could pay your court to 
the great, you would not have to eat cabbages." 

1458. — " Before I Begin to Drink, my 
business is over for the day." — " My business is 
over for the day when I begin to drink." 

1459. — A Witty Poet, no longer living, 
being one day brought up to Bow-street for some 
nocturnal squabble, the following dialogue took 
place between him and the presiding magistrate : 
" How do you live, Sir? " — " Pretty well, Sir, 
generally a joint and pudding at dinner." — " I 
mean, Sir, how do you get your bread? " — " I 
beg your worship's pardon ; sometimes at the 
baker's and sometimes at the chandler's shop ! " 
" You may be as witty as you please, Sir," re- 



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torted the magistrate, " but I mean simply to ask 
you how you do? " — " Tolerably well, I thank 
your worship, I hope your worship is well ! " 

1460. — A Prudent Poet, about the begin- 
ning of the civil, or rather uncivil troubles of 
men of his kidney in England's rebellious days, 
was asked as he lay on his death-bed, how he 
would be buried? " With my face downward, 
for in a while this England will be turned upside 
down, and then I shall be right." 

1461. — In Shakspeare we find a very whim- 
sical portrait of the character of Graziano in the 
Merchant of Venice, by his friend Bassanio ; such 
as would have made an excellent motto for the 
title page of Boswell's Life of Johnson, and 
ought to have been prefixed to every edition. 
Nothing could more happily apply to the char- 
acter of the biographer : — " Graziano speaks an 
infinite deal of nothing, more than any man in 
all Venice : his reasons are as two grains of wheat 
hid in two bushels of chaff ! you shall seek all day 
e'er you find them ; and when you have them they 
are not worth the search." The learned and 
facetious Lord Monboddo was once conversing 
on this last topic : " I have lived," said his lord- 
ship, " to see my country humbled in arts, and 
humbled in arms; but I never expected to have 
seen Scotland humbled to the admiration of Dr. 
Samuel Johnson." 

1462. — It Was Once Inquired, " Why men 
sooner gave to poor people, than to poets and 



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scholars." — " It is," said one, " because they 
think they may sooner come to be poor than 
either poets or scholars." 

1463. — The Characters of Nations are 
sometimes observable in their modes of saluting. 
In some of the southern provinces of China they 
say, " Ya faaf — Have you eaten your rice? " 
their content depending upon a sufficiency of that 
article. The Dutch, being great eaters, have a 
morning salutation of, " Smaakelyk eeten? — 
May you eat a hearty dinner? " — and another 
arising out of their early nautical habits, " Hae 
vaart nwe? — How do you sail? " The usual sal- 
utation at Cairo is, " How do you sweat? " a dry 
hot skin being indicative of ephemeral fever. A 
proud stiff Spaniard says, " Come esta? — How 
do you stand? " while the levity of the French- 
man appears, " How do you carry yourself? " 

1464. — In an Old Drama on the subject of 
the Deluge, Noah summons his wife into the ark, 
and on her refusing to come in, swears at her by 
John the Baptist. 

1465. — In a Debate upon some projected im- 
provement of the streets of Edinburgh, the Dean 
of Faculty wittily said that the forwardness of 
the clergy, and the backwardness of the medical 
faculty had spoiled the finest street in Europe, 
alluding to the projection of the colonnade of 
St. Andrew's church on St. George's street, and 
the recession of the medical hall. 

1466- — At the New Tivoli at Paris, some 



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experiments have been made upon a Spaniard for 
the purpose, we presume, of ascertaining what 
degree of heat it takes to bake a man alive. A 
person named Martinez, about forty -three years 
of age, was put into a cylindrical oven, which 
had been heated four hours by a very powerful 
fire. Here he remained fourteen minutes, with 
a fowl roasting by his side. When put in again, 
he ate the fowl and drank a bottle of wine. At 
the third experiment, he was stretched upon a 
plank stuck round with lighted candles, but had 
remained only five minutes, when the horrified 
spectators drew him out alive and merry amidst 
the suffocating fumes of the melted tallow. 

1467. — Illicit Traffic is carried on to a 
great extent in the department of the Rhine by 
dogs educated for that purpose. In the district 
of the Sarreguemines alone, from March 1827 to 
March in the year 1829, 58,277 dogs crossed the 
Rhine on this unlawful pursuit. Of these, 2477 
lost their lives in the adventure ; but the remain- 
ing 55,800 got clear off with their spoil, bark- 
ing a hoarse laugh at the custom-house officers. 
It is supposed that they carried with them 
140,000 kilogrammes of contraband goods. 

1468. — Louis XVI. was an excellent lock- 
smith : Ferdinand the Beloved is famous for his 
embroidery of petticoats. The present Emperor 
of Austria is said to make the best sealing-wax in 
Europe. He examines, with care, the seal of 
every letter brought him, and is delighted when 
he can say, as he generally does, " My own wax 



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is better than that ! " It is a pity that the em- 
ployments of kings are not always as innocent. 
Ferdinand would have no doubt made an excel- 
lent linen-draper's shopman, had he been placed 
where nature designed him to be fixed ; and the 
representative of the Caesars would have made an 
excellent managing clerk in the house of certain 
wholesale stationers. 

1469. — " Lord Eldon should leave all his 
property to endow a madhouse," said Jekyll to 
Lord R. Seymour, in talking of the late discus- 
sions respecting the law of the insane. " A mad- 
house? " said Lord Robert; " why so? "— " His 
lordship gained his fortune by those who were 
mad enough to go into Chancery ; it would only 
be an act of restitution, if he were to leave it to 
Bedlam." 

1470. — " Why, you have never opened your 
mouth this session," said Sir Thomas Lethbridge 
to Mr. Gye. " I beg your pardon, Sir Thomas," 
replied Mr. Gye ; " your speeches have made me 
open it very frequently. My jaws have ached 
with yawning." 

1471. — Peter the Great was jealous to 
fury. He once broke to pieces a fine Venetian 
glass in one of his frenzies, saying to his wife, 
" You see it needed but one blow of my arm to 
make this glass return to the dust whence it 
came ! " Catherine answered with her natural 
gentleness and sweetness, " You have destroyed 



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the finest ornament in your palace ; do you think 
you have made it more splendid? " 

1472. — A Circumstance lately happened at 
Amherst Island, which shews that nil desperan- 
dum is a good rule in the most desperate circum- 
stances. A tiger breaking into a shed, in which 
a colt and a pony were sheltered, killed the 
former. The pony then attacked the tiger, and 
pummelled him so heartily with his heels about 
the head and ribs, that he knocked out some of 
the monster's teeth, and all his courage, for he 
had just strength enough to crawl to a nullah 
hard by, where he was found by the natives 
shortly afterwards, as he appeared so much 
bruised that he could hardly move. They ac- 
cordingly fell upon him, and killed him with 
bludgeons. Previous to this, five horses had been 
killed near the spot. 

1473. — Bonaparte, on being applied to 
against the exorbitant contributions levied by 
General Massena, said, " If I had two Massenas 
I would hang the one as an example to the 
other." — " Then hang General Secchj, who is as 
bad as Massena." — " I am sorry, gentlemen, that 
you should have fixed on two men I cannot at 
this moment dispense with; but if you can point 
out any other less exorbitant, I'll have him 
hanged immediately." 

1474. — The Two Brothers Fosadoni lived 
at Venice. The Abbe was a man of great lit- 
erary knowledge, and a distinguished poet. On 



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their father's death they divided between them 
the patrimonial property. One entered into 
commercial speculations, and thereby very much 
increased his funds ; the Abbe, of a far more gen- 
erous disposition than his brother, was little 
calculated to follow his example ; but instead 
of accumulating his wealth, by his benevo- 
lence, which was always prone to assist the 
poor, and mitigate the general wants of 
suffering humanity, and by the encouragement 
he afforded, in particular, to those of his 
own profession, he was soon reduced to the 
necessity of calling on his brother for assistance ; 
whereupon his brother replied, " Foreseeing the 
result of all your literary pursuits, I have laid 
aside eight hundred ducats for your funeral ex- 
penses, when it may please God to call you into 
his good keeping, that you should not disgrace 
the family name in being buried by the parish," 
to which the Abbe Fosadoni replied, " Send me 
half that sum now while I am living, and at my 
death I will give you a receipt in full of all de- 
mands, for value received." 

1475. — Lord Alvanley is not only a wit 
among lords, but a lord among wits. He has all 
the piquancy of Brummel's dialogue, combined 
with a suavity of manner peculiarly his own. On 
one occasion Lord Alvanley had promised a per- 
son 1001. as a bribe, to conceal something which 
would have involved the reputation of a lady. 
On that person's application for the money, his 
Lordship wrote a check for 25Z. and presented it 



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to him. " But, my Lord, you promised me 
100Z." " True," said his Lordship, « I did so; 

but you know, Mr. , that I am now making 

arrangements with all my creditors at 5s. in the 

pound. Now you must see, Mr. , that if I 

were to pay you at a higher rate than I pay them, 
I should be doing my creditors an injustice!" 

1476. — When Lord Alvaneey was staying 
at Lord Cowper's, a box with the Royal Arms 
on it arrived, and, when opened, was found to 
contain four pineapples, the magnificent gift of 
the generous Prince Leopold. " I wonder," said 
Lady Cowper, " that the Prince should send us 
pines ; there are plenty of pines here ; besides, 
though we have seen him, we don't know him." — 
" Oh, depend on it," said Lord Alvanley, " he 
wants to spend a month at Pensangar; he'll be 
down soon after his pines : so, if you want to pre- 
vent him, send him up in return four rabbits: 
they are as rare in town as pines here ! " 

1477. — The Founder of the Sforza Fam- 
ily, and father of Francesco, the first Duke of 
Milan, who died, about 1465, was a peasant, and 
following his labour, when he was invited by his 
companions to follow the army. He did not 
draw lots whether he should go or not, but threw 
his spade into an oak, declaring, that if it fell 
to the ground he would continue his labours ; but 
if it hung in the tree he would try his fortune 
as a soldier. Some bit of a branch intercepted 
its fall, and gave a father to a long line of 
princes, the most splendid sovereigns of Italy. 



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1478. — When Brummell was the great 
oracle on coats, the Duke of Leinster was very 
anxious to bespeak the approbation of the " Em- 
peror of the Dandies " for a " cut," which he 
had just patronized. The Duke, in the course 
of his eulogy on his Schneider, had frequently 
occasion to use the words " my coat." — " Your 
coat, my dear fellow," said Brummell : " what 
coat? " — " Why this coat," said Leinster; " this 
coat that I have on." Brummell, after regard- 
ing the vestment with an air of infinite scorn, 
walked up to the duke, and taking the collar be- 
tween his finger and thumb, as if fearful of con- 
tamination — " What, duke, do you call that 
thing a coat? " 

1479. — During the short time that Lord By- 
ron was in parliament, a petition, setting forth 
the wretched condition of the Irish peasantry, 
was one evening presented, and very coldly re- 
ceived by the " hereditary legislative wisdom." 
" Ah," said Lord B}^ron, " what a misfortune it 
was for the Irish that they w T ere not born black ! 
They would then have had plenty of friends in 
both houses." 

1480. — It was an excellent reply made to a 
lady of notorious character, by a virtuous 
Frenchman, when she tried to seduce him to the 
commission of a dishonourable act — " Infamie, 
Madame, is of the feminine gender." 

1481. — When " Rob Roy " first appeared, a 
party was made at Mr. John Wilson's house at 



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Elleray, to read it. Mr. Wordsworth was in- 
vited, among others, to the party ; and, as a spe- 
cial inducement to go, he was informed that the 
illustrious author had chosen the motto for his 
novel from his name-sake poem, " Rob Roy." 
The verbose and venerable Laker accordingly 
went ; and when the volumes were laid on the 
table, he eagerly turned to the title-page, where 
he read — 

" For why? because the good old rule 
Sufficeth them — the simple plan 
That they should take who have the power, 
And they should keep who can." 

" Ladies and gentlemen," quoth the author of 
the " Excursion," and other universally-read 
poems, " you see this motto : it is from a poem 
of mine, — the volume containing which I have 
brought in my pocket ; and lest you should not 
understand the novel for want of knowing thor- 
oughly my poem, I mean to read my verses to 
you." He accordingly began- 5 — 

" A famous man was Robin Hood," &c. 

and went on to the conclusion, not even omitting 
a comma, and then putting the vivacious tome 
into his pocket again, he said, " Ladies and gen- 
tlemen, I leave you to your novel," and walked 
home ! 

1482. — General O'Hara, who was taken 
prisoner by Buonaparte at Toulon, in his first 
military achievement, and who was a man of 
sound sense, said of the future Emperor, " I do 



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not know what that young man's future fortunes 
may be ; but all the questions he put to me, were 
such as Locke would have written down for a 
prime pupil to ask." 

1483. — At the Close of an Election at 
Lewes, the late Duke of Newcastle was so de- 
lighted with the conduct of a casting voter, that 
he almost fell upon his neck and kissed him. 
" My dear friend ! I love you dearly. You're 
the greatest man in the world. I long to serve 
you. What can I do for you? " — " May it 
please your grace, an exciseman of this town is 
very old : I would beg leave to succeed him as soon 
as he shall die." — " Aye, that you shall, with all 
my heart. I wish, for your sake, he were dead 
and buried now. As soon as he is, set out to 
me, my dear friend ; be it night or day, insist 
upon seeing me, sleeping or waking. If I am 
not at Claremont, come to Lincoln's-inn-fields ; 
if I am not at Lincoln's-inn-fields, come to court ; 
if I am not at court, never rest till you find me ; 
not the sanctum sanctorum, or any place, shall 
be kept sacred from such a dear, worthy, good 
soul as you are. Nay, I'll give orders for you 
to be admitted, though the king and I were talk- 
ing secrets together in the cabinet." The voter 
swallowed evei^thing with extasy, and scraping 
down to the very ground, retired to wait in faith 
for the death of the exciseman. The latter took 
his leave of this wicked world in the following 
winter. As soon as ever the duke's friend was 
apprised of it, he set off for London, and reached 



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Lincoln's-inn-fields by about two o'clock in the 
morning. The King of Spain had, about this 
time, been seized by a disorder, which some of 
the English had been induced to believe, from 
particular expresses, he could not possibly sur- 
vive. Amongst these, the noble duke was the 
most credulous, and probably the most anxious. 
On the very first moment of receiving his intelli- 
gence, he had dispatched couriers to Madrid, who 
were commanded to return with unusual haste 
as soon as ever the death of his Catholic majesty 
should have been announced. Ignorant of the 
hour in which they might arrive, and impatient 
of the fate of every hour, the duke would not 
retire to his rest till he had given the strictest 
orders to his attendants to send any person to his 
chamber who should desire an admittance. 
When the voter asked if he was at home, he was 
answered by the porter, " Yes ; his grace has 
been in bed some time, but we were directed to 
awaken him as soon as ever you came." — " Ah, 
God bless him ! I know thst the duke always told 
me I should be welcome by night or by day. 
Pray, shew me up." The happy visitor was 
scarcely conducted to the door, when he rushed 
into the room, and in the transport of his joy 
he cried out, " My lord, he is dead ! "— " That's 
well, my dear friend ! I'm glad of it, with all 
my soul. When did he die? " — " The morning 
before last, and please your grace." — " What, 
so lately ? Why, my worthy, good creature, you 
must have flown. The lightning itself could not 



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travel half so fast as you. Tell me, you best 
cf men, how shall I reward you? " " All I wish 
for in this world is, that your grace would please 
to remember your kind promise, and appoint me 
to succeed him." — " You, you blockhead ! — you 
King of Spain ! What family pretensions can 
you have? Let's look at you." By this time the 
astonished duke threw back the curtains, and 
recollected the face of his electioneering friend ; 
but it was seen with rage and disappointment. 
To have robbed him of his rest, might easily 
have been forgiven ; but to have fed him with a 
groundless supposition that the King of Spain 
was dead, became a matter of resentment. He 
was at first dismissed with all the violence of 
anger and refusal. At length the victim of his 
passion became an object of his mirth; and when 
he felt the ridicule that marked the incident, he 
raised the candidate for monarchy into a post, 
which, from the colour of the present times, may 
seem at least as honourable — he made him an 
exciseman. 

1484. — In the Year 1775, Sir Joshua Rey- 
nolds painted a portrait of his friend, Dr. John- 
son, which represented him as reading, and 
near-sighted. When the doctor saw it, he re- 
proved Sir Joshua for painting him in that 
manner and attitude, saying, " It is not friendly 
to hand down to posterity the imperfections of 
any man." But, on the contrary, Sir Joshua 
himself esteemed it as a circumstance in nature 
to be remarked as characterizing the person rep- 



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resented, and therefore as giving additional 
value to the portrait. On this circumstance 
Mrs. Thrale observed to Johnson, " That he 
would not be known by posterity for his defects 
only, therefore Sir Joshua might do his worst." 
And when she adverted to Sir Joshua's own pic- 
ture, painted with the ear-trumpet, and done in 
the same year, the doctor replied, " Lie may 
paint himself as deaf as he chooses ; but I will not 
be blinking Sam in the eyes of posterity." 

1485. — At Calcutta, the Indians, from see- 
ing the steamboat stemming wind, tide, and cur- 
rent, have called it Sheitaun Koonoo, the devil's 
boat. An intelligent Persian Syyud, wishing to 
compliment our national ingenuity, thus ex- 
pressed himself : — " When arts were in their in- 
fancy, it was natural to give the devil credit for 
any new invention ; but now, so advanced are the 
English in every kind of improvement, that they 
are more than a match for the devil him- 
self!" 

1486. — A Country Clergyman, who, on 
Sunday, is more indebted to his manuscript than 
his memory, called unceremoniously at a cot- 
tage, whilst its possessor, a pious parishioner, 
was engaged in perusing a paragraph of the 
writings of an inspired prophet. " Weel, John," 
familiarly inquired the clerical visitant, " what's 
this you are about? " — " I am prophesying," 
was the prompt reply. " Prophesying ! " ex- 
claimed the astounded divine, " I doubt you are 
only reading a prophecy." — " Weel," argued 



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the religious rustic, " gif reading a preachin' be 
preachin', is na reading a prophecy prophesy- 
ing? " 

1487. — An Uninformed Irishman, hearing 
the sphinx alluded to in company, whispered to 
a friend, " Sphinx! who's he now? " — " A mon- 
ster man." — " Oh, a Munster-man! I thought he 
was from Connaught,' 5 replied the Irishman, de- 
termined not to seem totally unacquainted with 
the family. 

1488. — When Dr. Johnson was in the island 
of Mull, one of the Hebrides, he visited the Laird 
of Loch Buy, who, according to the usual custom 
among the Highlanders, demanded the name of 
his guest ; and upon being informed that it was 
Johnson, inquired, " Which of the Johnsons? of 
Glencoc or Ardnamurchan ? " — " Neither ! " re- 
plied the doctor, somewhat piqued by the ques- 
tion, and not a little sulky with the fatigue he 
had encountered during the day's journev. 
" Neither! " rejoined the Laird, with all the 
native roughness of a genuine Highlander, 
" then you must be a bastard! " 

1489. — Some time after Louis XIV. had 
collated the celebrated Bossuet to the Bishopric 
of Meaux, he asked the citizens how they liked 
their new bishop. " Why, your majesty, we like 
him pretty well." — " Prettv well ! why what 
fault have you to find with him?"— "To tell 
your majesty the truth, we should have preferred 
having a bishop who had finished his education ; 



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for whenever we wait upon him, we are told that 
he is at his studies." 

1490. — Previous to a late general election, 
two candidates for a northern county met in a 
ball-room. "Why do you sit still?" said a 
friend to one of them, " whilst your opponent 
is tripping it so assiduously with the electors' 
wives and daughters ? " The aspirant for par- 
liamentary fame replied, " I have no objection 
to his dancing for the county, if I am allowed 
to sit for it." 

1491. — " I Live in Julia's Eyes," said an 
affected dandy in Column's hearing. " I don't 
wonder at it," replied George ; " since I ob- 
served she had a sty in them when I saw her 
last." 

1492. — Whilst the regiment was in 

India, a sergeant obtained an ensign's commis- 
sion in the corps. Thinking that ease of man- 
ner was requisite to prove him qualified for his 
new situation, on joining the officers after the 
first parade which he attended, he began to talk 
very loud and in such a manner as to provoke 
some unpleasant remark from an old brevet- 
major, who had known him long as a sergeant; 
upon which our hero observed, that he did not 
like such language, and that he was as good a 
gentleman as the major. " You should be bet- 
ter, Sir," said the major, " for things spoil by 
keeping, and you were last made." 

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upon the number of characteristic specimens of 
native brilliancy they should encounter in a rural 
excursion, one of them thus addressed a stone- 
breaker on the road : — " My good fellow, were 
the devil to come now, which of us two would 
he carry away? " — After a little hesitation, that 
savoured of unexpected dulness, the man mod- 
estly lifting up his eyes from his work, answered, 
" Me, Sir." Annoyed by the stolidity of this 
reply, the querist pressed him for a reason : — 
!< Because, your honour, he would be glad of the 
opportunit}' to catch myself — he could have you 
at any time." 

1494. — As Sheridan was on a canvassing 
visit at Stafford, he met in the streets one of his 
old voters, a simple but substantial burgess, with 
whom he had formerly had some dealings of a 
pecuniary nature. This man accosted him as 
follows : — " Well, Maister Sheridan, I be main 
glad to see you. How be ye, eh?" — "Why, 
thank you, my friend, very well. I hope you 
and your family are well," replied the candidate. 
" Ay, ay," answered the elector, " they are 
prett} r nobbling; — but they tell me, Maister 
Sheridan, as how you are trying to get a par- 
lumentary reform. Do ye think ye shall get 
it? "— " Why, yes," said Sheridan, " I hope so." 
— -" And so do I," replied his constituent, " for 
then you'll be able to pay off the old election 
scores, shan't, ye? " 

1495. — When the Eare of Bradford was 
brought before the Lord Chancellor, to be exam- 



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ined upon application for a statute of lunacy 
against him, the chancellor asked him, " How 
many legs has a sheep? " — " Does your lordship 
mean, " answered lord Bradford, " a live sheep 
or a dead sheep? " — " Is it not the same thing? " 
said the chancellor. " No, my lord," said lord 
Bradford, " there is much difference ; a live 
sheep may have four legs ; a dead sheep has only 
two : the two fore legs are shoulders ; but there 
are but two legs of mutton." 

1496. — A Pekson who was famous for ar- 
riving just at dinner-time, upon going to a 
friend's (where he was a frequent visitor), was 
asked by the lady of the house if he would do as 
they did. On his replying he should be happy 
to have the pleasure, she replied, " Dine at home 
then. 99 — He, of course, had received his quietus 
for some time at least. 

1497. — As a Worthy City Baronet was 
gazing one evening at the gas lights in front of 
the Mansion-house, an old acquaintance came up 
to him and said, " Well, Sir William, are you 
studying astronomy? " — " No, Sir," replied the 
alderman, " I am studying gastronomy." His 
friend looked astonished, and the baronet replied, 
"Do vou doubt my voracity?" — " No, Sir 
William." 

1498. — The Duke de Mayenne had been 
sent to Spain to ask the hand of the princess, 
Anne of Austria. When he took leave of her, 
he asked her commands for the king. " Assure 



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him," said the infanta, " that I am quite impa- 
tient to see him." — " Ah, madam," said the 
gouvernante, the countess de Altamira, " what 
will the king of France think, when the duke 
informs him that you are so eager to be mar- 
ried? " — "Have you not taught me," returned 
the infanta sharply, " that I must always speak 
the truth?" 

1499. — Upon the recovery of George III. 
in 1789, the librarian and others connected with 
Sion college, were at a loss what device or motto 
to select for the illumination of the building; 
when the following happy choice was made by a 
worthy divine, from the book of Psalms : — " Sion 
heard of it and was glad." 

1500. — After a Hot Debate, in the course 
of which Ireton had let fall some very rude ex- 
pressions respecting Denzil Hollis, the latter de- 
sired that he would walk out with him, and then 
told him, " that he insisted on his crossing the 
water immediately to fight him." Ireton re- 
plied, " that his conscience would not suffer him 
to fight a duel." Hollis, greatly incensed, 
pulled him by the nose, observing, that " since 
his conscience prevented him from giving men 
satisfaction, it ought to keep him from provok- 
ing them." 

1501. — Curran had a perfect horror of fleas ; 
nor was this very extraordinary, since those ver- 
min seemed to shew him peculiar hostility. If 
they infested a house, he said, that " they always 



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flocked to his bed-chamber, when they heard he 
was to sleep there ! " — At Carlo w he was once 
dreadfully annoyed in this way, and on making 
his complaint in the morning to the woman of the 
house ; " By heavens ! madam," cried he, " they 
were in such numbers, and seized upon my car- 
case with so much ferocity, that if they had been 
unanimous, and all pulled one way, they must 
have dragged me out of bed entirely." 

150&. — At one of those large convivial parties 
which distinguished the table of Major Hobart, 
when he was secretary in Ireland, amongst the 
usual loyal toasts, " The wooden walls of Eng- 
land ! " being given, — Sir John Hamilton in his 
turn gave " The wooden walls of Ireland ! " 
The toast being quite new, he was asked for an 
explanation; upon which, filling a bumper, he 
very gravely stood up, and, bowing to the Mar- 
quis of Waterford and several country gentle- 
men, who commanded county regiments, he said, 
— " My lords and gentlemen, I have the pleasure 
of giving you the wooden walls of Ireland — the 
colonels of militia! " 

1503. — When it was Debated about send- 
ing bishops to America, much was said pro and 
con. One gentleman wondered that anybody 
should object to it: " For my part," said he, " I 
wish all our bishops were sent to America." 

1504. — Sir Thomas More for a long time 
having only daughters, his wife prayed ear- 
nestly that they might have a boy ; at last they 



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had a boy, who, when he grew up, proved but 
simple. " Thou pray'dst so long for a boy," said 
Sir Thomas to his wife, " that at last thou hast 
got one who will be a boy as long as he lives." 

1505. — A Sailor who had served on board the 
Romney, with Sir Home Popham, after return- 
ing home from India, finding that wigs were all 
in fashion, bespoke a red one, which he sported 
at Portsmouth, to the great surprise of his com- 
panions. On being asked the cause of the 
change of colour in his hair, he said it was 
occasioned by his bathing in the Red Sea. 

1506. — An Emperor of China, making a 
progress, discovered a family, in which the mas- 
ter, with his wives, children, grand-children, 
daughters-in-law, and servants, all lived in per- 
fect peace and harmony. The Emperor, admir- 
ing this, inquired of the old man what means he 
employed to preserve quiet among such a num- 
ber of persons. The man, taking out a pencil, 
wrote only these words : — " Patience, patience, 
patience." 

1507. — The Count de Grance being 
wounded in the knee with a musket ball, the sur- 
geons made many incisions. At last, losing 
patience, he asked them why they treated him so 
unmercifully? " We seek for the ball," said 
they. " Why the devil did you not speak be- 
fore? " said the Count, " I have it in my 
pocket." 

1508. — A Regiment of Horse in King Will- 



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iam's time, being quartered in Canterbury, and 
the archbishop being then there, he invited all 
the officers of the regiment to dinner. One of 
the cornets being obliged to keep guard that 
day, and lamenting his misfortune, that he could 
not have the honour to dine with the archbishop, 
bethought himself of this stratagem. Lie knew 
that one of his brother cornets was gone out of 
town, and would not return till evening; he de- 
termined therefore, to wait for him at his lodg- 
ings, and frighten him by a false message from 
the archbishop. Accordingly when his comrade 
arrived, he addressed him thus : — " Tom, I be- 
lieve I shall surprise you." — " Why," says 
Tom, "what the devil's the matter?""— " No 
great matter," says his comrade, ''only the 
archbishop has sent for all the officers to hear 
them their catechism." — " The devil he has," 
quoth Tom, " then I am ruined horse and 
foot, for as I am a sinner I can't say three 
lines." — " Never be troubled about that," says 
his comrade, " I can say mine every word, 
and if you will mount guard for me to-mor- 
morrow, I will go in your place." — " With all 
my heart," says Tom, " and thank you to boot ; " 
so the next day they all, except Tom, dined with 
the archbishop. His lordship being a very 
polite man, told the colonel, that lie hoped all his 
officers were there ; for he intended it as a general 
invitation. The colonel told him they were all 
there, except one gentleman who was obliged to 
mount guard. The archbishop took no notice of 



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it then, but the next day sent his servant to the 
absent gentleman, to desire his company by him- 
self. Tom had no sooner received the message, 
than he ran frightened out of his senses to his 
comrade to make his complaint. " Ah, my 
friend," says Tom, " it is all in vain, I must go 
at last, the archbishop has sent for me." — 
" Never mind it," says his comrade, " you will 
do very well ; he did not ask us above one ques- 
tion or two." Tom being thus prepared went 
to the archbishop where he was introduced into 
a parlour. At length his lordship came in. 
" Sir," says the archbishop, " I am sorry I 
could not have the pleasure of your company 
yesterday ; may I crave your najne ? " — 
" Thomas, my lord," replied the cornet. " What 
countryman? " says the archbishop. " My god- 
fathers and godmothers," replied the cornet. " I 
do not mean to catechise you," says the arch- 
bishop, and thus the cheat was discovered. 

1509.— A Man of the name of Mark Noble, 
passing by the garrison at Hull, the sentinel, as 
usual, called out, "Who comes there?" — 
" Twenty shillings," answered Mark. " That 
cannot be," said the sentinel. " Why, a mark 
and a noble make twenty shillings," said Mark. 
1510. — The Captain of a West Indiaman 
wished to buy a horse. After the purchase was 
made, the captain said, " Well, now the horse is 
mine, pray tell me candidly, whether he has any 
faults, and what they are." — " What do you 
mean to do with him? " said the other. " Why, 



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to take him to sea," answered the captain. 
" Then I will be candid," replied the dealer ; " he 
may go very well at sea ; but on land he cannot 
go at all, or I would not have sold him." 

1511. — A Sailor being strongly solicited by 
a catholic priest to change his religion, the honest 
tar boldly resisted. The holy father finding 
that he could not prevail, altered his mode of 
attack, and offered him money as a reward of his 
apostacy; the bribe rather staggered Jack's 
faith, and he desired to consider of it till next 
morning. In the interim he applied to a brother 
tar for advice, which was given him in the fol- 
lowing style of blunt honesty : " Don't listen to 
him, messmate, for if your religion was not bet- 
ter than his own, and all the money he will give 

you into the bargain, he'll be d 'd before he 

would ask you to change." 

1512. — When the Celebrated Duellist, 
G. R. Fitzgerald, was in Paris, the English am- 
bassador introduced him to the French king; 
prior to which introduction the ambassador in- 
formed his majesty, Mr. Fitzgerald was a gentle- 
man of such amazing prowess, that he had 
fought thirty duels, and behaved equally brave 
and honourable in them all. " Then, I think," 
says the king, with a smile, " this gentleman's 
life would make an admirable appendix to your 
renowned countryman's history of Jack the 
Giant Killer." 

1513. — A Boy who had not returned after the 



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holidays to Winchester school, which the master 
charged him to do, returned at last loaded with 
a fine ham, as a bribe to the master, who took the 
ham, but flogged the lad, and told him, that he 
might give his compliments to his mother for the 
ham, but assured him it should not save his 
bacon. 

1514. — Dr. Pearce, the dean of Ely, when 
he was master of the Temple, having to preach 
there one morning, preferred a walk in the gar- 
dens to sitting in the church while the prayers 
were reading, and going to the gardener's lodge, 
demanded entrance. An old woman, who was 
keeping the house in the gardener's absence, told 
him the gates were always locked in church time, 
and she could not let him in. " Woman, do you 
know who I am? " said the doctor, bridling. 
" No," said she, with great indifference, " I 
don't know, and what's more, I don't care." — 
" Woman," retorted the doctor, in a rage, " open 
the gates instantly — I am master of the Tem- 
ple." — " The more shame for you," replied the 
inflexible portress, " the more shame for you to 
be walking here, when you ought to be praying 
at church." 

1515. — An Irishman telling what he called 
an excellent story, a gentleman observed, he had 
met with it in a book published many years ago. 
" Confound these ancients," said Teague, " they 
are always stealing one's good thoughts." 

1516. — Cardinal Mazarine was wont to say 



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there were great bull dogs in England, called 
Whigs and Tories, that were continually jarring 
and worrying each other ; but let out the bull, 
(the common enemy,) they directly left off their 
private feuds and animosities, and attacked him. 

1517.— Louis the Fourteenth, of France, 
playing at backgammon, had a doubtful throw ; 
a dispute arose, and all the courtiers remained 
silent. The Count de Grammont came in that 
instant. " Decide the matter," said the King to 
him. " Sire," said the Count, " your Majesty 
is in the wrong." — " How so," replied the King; 
" can you decide without knowing the ques- 
tion? " — " Yes," said the Count, " because, had 
the matter been doubtful, all these gentlemen 
present would have given it to }^our majesty." 

1518. — Lord Morton, having waited very 
long in the duke of Northumberland's anti-cham- 
ber before he could see his grace, was quite out 
of patience. The duke at last came to him, and 
finding him with Dr. Garnet's Dissertation upon 
Jcb in his hands, asked him what he thought of 
it. " I think," said lord Morton, " it is a very 
proper book for a prime minister's anti- 
chamber." 

1519. — A Nobleman, who had spent most of 
his estate, had just sold a manor of an hundred 
tenements, and came to court in a rich suit. 
" Am not I a mighty man," said he, " that bear 
an hundred houses on my back." — " You had 
better have paid your debts," said Cardinal Wol- 



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sey, whose father was a butcher. " True, my 
lord," said he, " my father owed yours throe- 
halfpence for a calve's head, here is two-pence 
for it." 

1520. — Notwithstanding the perpetual con- 
tention between Rich and Garrick for the favour 
of the town, they lived upon very friendly terms. 
Rich had improved his house at Covent Garden 
and made it capable of holding more. Garrick 
went with him to see it, and asked him in the 
theatrical phrase, how much money it would hold. 
" Sir," said Rich, " that question I am at present 
unable to answer, but were you to appear one 
night on my stage, I should be able to tell you to 
the utmost shilling." 

1521. — A Very Volatile Young Lord, 
whose conquests in the female world were number- 
less, at last married. " Now, my lord," said the 
countess, " I hope you'll mend." — " Madam," 
says he, " you may depend on it this is my last 
folly." 

1522. — A Mullah preaching one day in a 
Persian mosque, strongly insisted on the exam- 
ination which the deceased have to undergo from 
the angels of death, Nekyr and Monkyr, as soon 
as they are deposited in the tomb. " Don't be- 
lieve a word of it," cried one of the congrega- 
tion, " for one of my slaves died a few days 
since ; I filled his mouth with rice, and on digg;inq 
him up again to-day, the rice was just as I left 
it. Now it is morally impossible for a man to 



322 JOE MILLER 

give answers even to angels with his mouth 
full." 

1523. — A Chinese Teaches was in the habit 
of sleeping in the day-time, but would not suffer 
his pupil to nod for a moment. One day the 
pupil accosted him after his nap, in a complain- 
ing tone, and begged to know why he might not 
sleep too. " Boy ! " says the tutor, " in my 
sleep, I dream of Cheu-kung, and have converse 
with him ! " The next morning, the pupil takes 
pattern by his master. The master giving him a 
rap, and rousing him, exclaims, " For shame ! 
how can you do so? " Says the pupil, / too have 
been seeing Cheu-Kung." — " And what did 
Cheu-kung say to you?" — "Cheu-kung" re- 
plies the pupil, " tells me that yesterday he had 
no communication whatever with my reverend 
master." 

1524. — Lord Muegrave, who once went on 
a voyage to the North Pole, appears to have been 
distinguished by a singularity of physical con- 
formation — possessing two distinct voices ; the 
one strong and hoarse, the other shrill and quer- 
ulous ; of both of which organs he occasionally 
availed himself. So extraordinary a circumstance, 
probably, gave rise to a story of his having 
fallen into a ditch in a dark night, and, calling 
for aid in his shrill voice, a countryman coming 
up, was about to have assisted him ; but Lord 
Mulgrave, addressing him in a hoarse tone, the 
peasant immediately exclaimed, " Oh, if there 



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are two of you in the ditch, you may help each 
other out of it ! " 

1525. — Mr. Pope, was with Sir Godfrey 
Kneller one day, when his nephew, a Guinea 
trader came in : " Nephew," said Sir Godfrey, 
" you have the honour of seeing the two great- 
est men in the world." — " I don't know how great 
you may be," said the Guineaman, " but I don't 
like your looks, I have often bought a man much 
better than both of you together, all muscle and 
bone, for ten guineas." 

1526. — A Captain of a Merchant Vessel, 
named M'Carthy, had a scuffle with a wood- 
ranger at Verdun ; the latter complained to Gen- 
eral Wirion, who commanded the depot, that 
M'Carthy had ill-treated him, knocking him 
down every time he attempted to rise. " Mon 
ami," said the general to him, " when an English- 
man knocks you down, never do you get up until 
he is gone away." 

1527. — The Late Lord Chancellor, in one 
of his shooting excursions at Wareham, in Dor- 
setshire, unexpectedly came across a person who 
was sporting over his land without leave. His 
lordship inquired if the stranger was aware he 
was trespassing, or if he knew to whom the estate 
belonged ? " What's that to you ? " was the re- 
ply. " I suppose 3'ou are one of Old Bags' 
Keepers. " — " No," replied his lordship, " your 
supposition is a wrong one, my friend, for I am 
Old Bags himself." 



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1528. — When George II. was once express- 
ing his admiration of General Wolfe, some one 
observed that the general was mad. " Oh ! he is 
mad, is he ! " said the king with great quickness, 
" then I wish he would bite some other of my 
generals." 

1529. — A Bishop, upon his visitation, found 
a curate of the diocese so ignorant, that he knew 
not how to say the mass. The bishop enraged, 
asked him, " Who was the ass of a bishop that 
gave you ordination ? " — " Your most illustrious 
lordship," replied the curate, with a humble 
reverence. 

1530. — In the Reign of Queen Anne, Cap- 
tain Hardy, whose ship was stationed at Lagos 
bay, received information of the arrival of the 
Spanish Galleons, under convoy of seventeen men 
of war, in the harbour of Vigo ; without any war- 
rant for so doing, he immediately set sail, and 
communicated his intelligence to Sir George 
Rooke, then commanding in the Mediterranean. 
The admiral instantly steered for Vigo, and took 
or destroyed the whole Spanish fleet. When the 
fight was over, Sir George sent for Captain 
Hardy, and thus addressed him, " You have 
done, Sir, a very important piece of service to 
the throne; you have added to the honours and 
riches of your country, by your indefatigable 
diligence ; but don't you know that you are liable 
at this instant to be shot, for quitting your sta- 
tion? " — " He is unworthy of bearing a com- 
mission under her Majesty," replied the Cap- 



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tain, " who holds his life as aught, when the 
glory and interest of his queen and country re- 
quire him to hazard it." At this heroic answer, 
he was dispatched home with the first news of the 
victory, and letters of recommendation to the 
Queen, who instantly knighted him, and after- 
wards made him a rear-admiral. 

1531.- — The Battle of Sempach, in 1386, 
between the Swiss and the Austrians, was decided 
by one heroic deed. Arnold Struthan de Wink- 
elried, a knight of Underwalden, burst suddenly 
from the ranks. " I will open a passage," he 
cried, " into the enemy's line. Provide for my 
wife and children, dear countrymen and con- 
federates ; honour my race ! " He threw himself 
instantly on the enemy's pikes, grasped as many 
of them as he could reach, buried them in his 
bosom, and being tall and large of limb, bore 
them to the ground as he fell. His companions 
rushed over his body; the whole army of con- 
federates followed, and their close files pene- 
trated with irresistible force. The enemy struck 
with amazement, fell one over another in en- 
deavouring to avoid their shock , and the pres- 
sure, heat, and confusion thus produced proved 
fatal to many knights who died without a wound, 
stifled by the weight of their armour. 

1532. — A Late Sicilian Traveller gives 
an anecdote to prove that the bigoted Catholics 
in that country bee;in to entertain favourable 
opinions cf the English. A priest hearing a 
Sicilian woman sr~- that one of the officers, who 



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happened to pass by, finely dressed, 
to hell for all his lace," rebuked her, and added, 
" as for the Turks they certainly go to hell, but 
nobody knows where the English go to! " 

1533. — The Fogs of England have been at 
all times the complaint of foreigners. Gondomar, 
the Spanish ambassador, when some one who was 
going to Spain waited on- him to know if he had 
any commands, replied, " Only my compliments 
to the sun, whom I have not seen since I came to 
England." — Carraccioli, the Neapolitan min- 
ister, used to say, that the only ripe fruit he had 
seen in England were roasted apples. 

1534. — Negroes are apt to steal, but are so 
very credulous, they are easily detected. Captain 
Young, of Grenada, gave a black butcher, of the 
name of Caff ee, a hog to kill ; when the Captain 
went to see it, Caffee said, " Dis very fine hog, 
massa, but I never see a hog like him in all my 
life, he have no liver, no lights." — " That is 
very strange, Caffee," said the Captain, " let me 
see the book." He took a memorandum book 
out of his pocket, turned over the leaves, and 
looked very earnest. — " I see Caffee go to hell 
bottom — hog have liver and lights." Caffee 
shook like an aspen leaf, and said, " O massa, 
Caffee no go to hell bottom — hog have liver and 
lights." 

1535. — The Old Method of catching larks 
was to put salt on their tails. — The following is 
from a provincial paper : — " Many hundreds of 



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larks, during the late frost, were taken alive in 
the neighbourhood of Arundel, their tails being 
frozen to the snow" 

1536. — A Negro in the West Indies having 
carried a letter from his master to a neighbour 
ing planter, fell asleep on the floor, while the 
latter. was preparing an answer. When it was 
finished, he desired that the negro might be 
awakened ; but this was no easy matter. The 
negro who attempted to rouse him, exclaimed, 
" You no hear massa call you? " — " Sleep ! " re- 
plied the poor fellow, " sleep hab no massa." 

1537. — A Few Years Ago, a ship came into 
harbour, at Chatham, to be paid off. One of the 
sailors being ashore, prevailed on a young woman 
of Rochester to accept of him as a husband, and 
previous to returning to his ship, left money 
with a friend to pay for publishing the banns, 
and all other incidental matrimonial expenses. 
The marriage was to take place on the fourth 
Sunday following, and on the preceding Satur- 
day the honest tar asked leave of his Captain to 
go on shore, which was peremptorily refused. 
Jack remonstrated — " Captain," exclaimed he, 
" I am going to be married to-morrow." The 
Captain told Jack that the business of the ship 
in his department was most urgent, and posi- 
tively forbade him going on shore. Unwilling 
to disappoint the girl and lose his money, Jack 
wisely determined to marry her by proxy, and 
proposed to Will Treadaway, his messmate, to 
undertake that kind office : " And you, Will," 



328 JOE MILLER 

said he, " stay with her ashore, and when the 
gangway is cleared from stem to stern, I will 
come to you." Will goes on shore, and inform- 
ing the girl of his friend's situation and pro- 
posal, she instantly consented, and was actually 
married to Will as the proxy of Jack ; nor did 
the minister discover the mistake till Will wrote 
his name in the book, Treadaway instead of 
Salmon. The clerk cried out, " Why, you are 
not the man asked to church with this woman? " 
To which the honest tar replied, first devoting 
his eyes and limbs to confirm the fact, " I came 
.here to prevent my messmate being cheated, 
and I only marry the girl for Jack Salmon, my 
messmate, till he comes on shore." — Three days 
afterwards Jack came on shore, when he re- 
ceived his spouse from the hands of his proxy, 
and lived in as much peace and tranquillity, as 
if he had originally tied the matrimonial knot 
in propria persona. 

1538. — An Irish Labourer bought a pair of 
shoes, and at the same time asked the shoemaker 
if he could tell him what would prevent them 
going down on the sides? The shoemaker said, 
the only way to prevent that was to change them 
every morning. Pat accordingly returned the 
following morning, called for a pair of shoes, 
fitted them on, left the pair he bought the day 
before, and was walking out of the shop without 
further notice, when the shoemaker called to him 
to know what he was doing, telling him at the 
same time, that he had forgotten to pay for the 



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shoes he had just bought. " And is it what I am 
doing, you ask? am not I doing what you told 
me yesterday, changing my shoes every morn- 
ing-" 

1589. — A Divine in Kent, seldom in church, 
but a rigid justice of the peace, having a va- 
grant brought before him, said surily, " I shall 
teach you law, I warrant you." — " It would be 
much more becoming," answered the fellow, " if 
you would teach me the gospel.'" 

1540. — Sir Charles F received a seri- 
ous fall one day, in stepping into his cabriolet. — 
"Whereabouts were you hurt, Sir Charles?" 
said Sir Peter L ; " was it near the verte- 
brae? " — " No, no," answered the Baronet, " it 
was near the Monument ! " 

1541. — Mention being made in the presence 
of Louis XL of an unlearned person, who had 
got a fine library of books ; the king said, " He 
resembles a hump-back person, who carries a 
burden on his back which he cannot see." 

1542. — Diogenes, the cynic, coming once to 
a very small, inconsiderable town, with very 
large and magnificent gates, told the inhabitants 
" to shut their gates, lest the town should run 
out." 

1543. — Lons XIV. observing two courtiers 
riding full speed one after the other; the fore- 
most with an uncommon big chin, the hindmost 
with scarce any at all ; the king; asked whither 
they were driving at such speed? M. de Cler- 



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ambaut replied: " The hindmost is in pursuit of 
the foremost, to recover his stolen chin." 

154*4. — Deyden's Wife complained to him 
that he was always reading, and took little notice 
of her : " I wish," said she, " I was a book, and 
then I should enjoy more of your company." — 
" Yes, my dear," replied Dryden, " I wish you 
w T ere a book — but an Almanack I mean, for then 
I should change you every year." 

1545. — A Dutch Ambassador, entertaining 
the king of Siam with an account of Holland, 
after which his majesty was very inquisitive, 
amongst other things told him, that water in his 
country would sometimes get so hard, that men 
walked upon it ; and that it would bear an ele- 
phant with the utmost ease. To which the king 
replied, " Hitherto I have believed the strange 
things you have told me, because I looked upon 
vou as a sober, fair man ; but now / am sure you 
lie." 

1546. — A Long Ride had one day sharpened 
the edge of Dr. Johnson's appetite, during his 
tour in Scotland, and his friend, Mr. Boswell, 
pushed forward to the next inn (as was his usual 
custom) to provide for the lion. The hostess and 
her family were instantly on the alert ; and when 
Dr. Johnson arrived at the inn-door he was con- 
gratulated by Boswell with an assurance of a 
good dinner — " A fine leg of roast mutton, Doc- 
tor, and a pudding." — " Very well, Bozzy, very 
well," replied the Doctor, " I hope it will soon 






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be ready — I am very hungry." — Boswcll assured 
him it would. But the dinner not appearing so 
soon as Johnson anticipated, the cravings of 
hunger urged him into the kitchen, to ascertain 
the real state of their promised repast. — He 
presently returned to the parlour, and with a 
grave countenance informed his friend Boswell 
that he was very sorry he could not partake of 
the roast leg of mutton which he had so kindly 
provided, having made a vow to eat no meat on 
that day. — " Doctor," exclaimed Boswell, in 
great surprise, " do lay aside your scruples for 
once. Your vow, I am sure, is of very little con- 
sequence, as you seem not to have thought of it 
until this moment. The mutton is fine mutton. 
Do not deprive yourself of the pleasure of eating 
it."—" Dear Boswell," replied the Doctor, " I 
am very sorry — but I dare not break my vow — 
I cannot eat of the mutton — and must, therefore, 
be satisfied with the puddmg." — Further remon- 
strance Boswell found was in vain, and concluded 
by hoping that the pudding would yield him 
satisfaction. — Dinner was at last served up, and 
Boswell commenced a furious attack upon the 
roasted joint, while his philosophic and scru- 
pulous companion calmly enjoyed the pudding. 
When the keenness of his appetite was somewhat 
allayed b}' the deep impressions he had made 
upon the mutton, Boswell began to eulogise his 
dinner; but this excited from his companion, 
who kept his eye fixed on his plate, only a sig- 
nificant smile. — " Why do you smile, Doctor ? " 



332 JOE MILLER 

inquired Boswell. " At nothing in particular," 
was the reply ; but it was accompanied with a 
chuckle, which raised a suspicion in his mind 
that all was not right. — Throwing down his 
knife and fork, he eagerly pressed the Doctor for 
an explanation, whcse chuckle had now increased 
to a loud laugh. " Well, Bozzy, I will tell you," 
cried he ; " when I went inta the kitchen to in- 
quire into the state of our dinner, I saw the boy, 
who now stands behind your chair, turning the 
spit, and at the same time scratching his head 
over the mutton." — Starting from his seat, as if 
struck by a galvanic battery, Boswell seized the 
unfortunate crlprit by the collar; exclaiming, 
" Where is your cap, you young rascal? — what 
have you done with the cap you had on when I 
came to the house? — why did you take it off? — 
why did you not keep it on while roasting the 
mutton?" — "Please, Sir," blubbered out the 
terrified boy, " Please, Sir, — my mother — took 
it off my head — to make — the pudding in, for 
the gentleman? " 



THE end 



INDEX 



B 



Abernethy, Dr., 715, 723, 
724, 1151 

Actors, 77, 170, 275, 280, 382, 
512, 551. 570, 589. 6n, 659, 
703- 753, 970. 1014, 1025, 
1096, 1242, 1384 

Actresses, 463 

Aldermen, 164,378,451, 998, 
1040, 1188 

Ambassadors, see Diplo- 
mats 

Americans, 1, 452, 464, 599, 
765. 95i, 978, 1018, 1033, 
1 191, 1250 

Amner, 233, 234 

Animals, 168, 277. 999, 1139 

Antigonus, 286 

Aristotle, 227 

Arch-Bishops, see Bishops 

Army-Officers, 27, 34, 71, 81, 
102, 133, 154, 155, 171, 176, 
188, 202, 241, 256, 259, 295, 
303. 333. 336, 358, 360, 403, 
457, 476, 524, 59 2 , 598, 610, 
642, 651, 712. 725, 736, 748, 
768, 775, 851, 889, goo, 936, 
948, 986, 989, 1049, 1060, 
1093, 1105, 1137, 1140, 1162, 
1199, 1222, 1224, 1270, 1292, 
1310, 1322, 1343, 1383, 1492, 
1502, 1508 

Attorneys, see Lawyers 

Authors, see Writers 



Bacon, Sir Nicholas, 251 

Bacon, Lord, 218, 238, 924, 
1339, 1348 

Beggars, 419 

Bonaparte, 67, 295 

Bishops, 115, 168, 205, 250, 
277, 284, 357, 449, 542, 545, 
873, 893, 912, 1007, 1034, 
1156, 1201, 1209, 1259, 1269, 

'327, 1503 
Blake, Paddy, 200 
Bolivar, 202 
Brides, and Groom, 78, 156, 

219 
Brummell, Beau, 1478 
Burgess, Daniel, 1026 
Burke, 630, 1061, 1220, 1311 
Butler, Sir Toby, 298 
Button, Daniel, 119 
Byron, Lord, 52, 53, 54, 55, 

57, 58, 60, 621, 1479 
Boy, see Juvenile 



Canadian, 583 

Carpenter, 126 

Cato, 153 

Children, see Young Peo- 
ple 

Clare, Lord Chancellor, 314, 
3i5, 631 



333 



334 



INDEX 



Clergymen, q, n, 20, 38, 51, 
65, 84, 93, 104, 115, 158, 
207, 208, 209, 230, 236, 239, 
243, 262, 277, 351, 369, 437, 
4G2, 473, 477, 643, 674, 675, 
766, 811, 966, 967, 988, 1087, 
1108, 1113, 1155, 1 194, 1202, 
1208, 1223, 1234, 1255, 1293, 
1294, 1325, 1330, 1333, 1334, 
1336, 1357, 1361, 1368, 1404, 
1449, 1465, i486, 1499, 1514, 

1539 

Chemists, 299 

Collegians, see Scholars 

Coleridge, 707 

Countrymen, 84, 95, 101, 124, 
128, 129, 145, 151, 211, 231, 
250, 253, 260, 321, 371, 393, 
435, 466,467, 645, 704, 897, 
957. 963, 1015, 1098, 1142, 
1143, 1190, 1196, 1230, 1233, 
1369, 1378, 1454, 1524 

Courtiers, 87, 140, 141, 203, 
222, 251, 1161, 1392, 1410, 

1543 
Coxcombs, 228, 229, 434, 505 
Cromwell, Oliver, 137, 814, 

1215 
Curran, 7, 53, 315, 680, 1041, 

1059, 1501 



Davey, Sergeant, 23 

Diogenes, 99, 812, 865, 1424, 
1457, 1542 

Diplomats, 224, 245, 780, 781, 
788, 872, 894, 905, 1065, 
1115, 1186, 1321, 1390, 1431, 

1533 
Doctors, see Physicians 
Diunken Fellows, 48, 221, 

244, 394, 407 
Dryc^en, John, mi 
Dutciimen, 241, 



E 



English, 44, 59, 62, 76, 86, 
116, 118, 121, 122, 178, 293, 
297. 307,355. 368,430, 749, 
779, 993. 1036, 1054, 1058, 
1086, 1112, 1135, 1138, 1147, 
1 1 57, 1216, 1225, 1226, 1266, 
1304, 1318, 1356, 1358, 1362, 
1382, 1385, 1394, 1428, 1451, 
1470, 1490, 1497, 1500, 1540 

Erskine, Harry, 697, 701, 
790, 834, 933, 1001, 1019, 
1212 



Fops, 90, 220, 307, 474, 1433, 
1491 

Foote, 1150, 1198, 1267, 1347 

Fox, Charles James, 497, 
870, 977, 1085 

Frenchmen, Famous, 64, 282, 
717, 915, 1022, 1039, 1048, 
1133, 1189, 1283, 1287, 
1290, 1303 , 1374, 1380, 
1408, 1411, 1456, 1480, 1526 



Garrick, David, 6, 628, 953, 

982, 1074, 1126, 1381, 1520 

Goldsmith, Dr. Oliver, 487, 

593. 943 
Grecians, 847, 1002, 1235, 
1243, 1407 

H 

Hamilton, Sir John Stuart, 

288, 289, 290, 291 
Hangmen, 432, 513 
Highwaymen, 330, 408, 562, 

1175 
Hogarth, William, 804 



INDEX 



335 



Holt, Lord Chief Justice, 

26 
Horse Traders, 157 
Hume, David, 733, 750, 1346 



I 



Illicit Traffic, 1467 

Irishmen, Famous, 4, 10, 14, 
17, 18, ig, 20, 22, 24, 29, 
31, 32, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 
46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 74, 159, 
166, 179, 186, 191, 192, 193, 
194, 195, 196, 197, 200, 287, 
292, 294, 301, 306, 313, 317, 
320, 329, 334, 335. 339. 340, 
344. 340, 426, 427, 428, 429, 
43i. 453, 455, 460, 479. 487, 
489, 490, 493, 506, 526, 527, 
528, 530. 533. 534. 536. 537, 
539. 54i, 587. 681, 716, 718, 
727, 734, 854,891,9^4, 1030, 
1050, 1055, 1168, 1173, 1197, 
1217,1308,1309,1314,1359, 
1389, 1405, 1487, 1515, 1538 

Isocrates, 264 

Italians, 236, 259, 662, 841, 
1167, 1205, 1232, 1237, 1342, 
1453, 1477 



J 



Jews, 830, 1066, 1091, 1278, 
1312, 1393 

Jefferies, Lord Chief Justice, 
1 10, 113, 349 

Jesters' Court, 217 

Johnson, Dr., 167, 374, 415, 
501, 577, 578. 579, 636, 637, 
816, 954, 1023, 1043, 1044, 
1089, 1107, 1169, 1192, 1254, 
1406, 1484, 1488, 1546 

Jonson, Ben, 3, 123 



Judges, 63, 183, 235, 253, 
255, 294, 385, 387, 401,439, 
442, 447, 465, 469, 495, 498, 
499, 510, 618, 619, 648, 668, 
721, 759, 760, 783, 868, 871, 
1000, 1009, 1010, 1252, 1320, 

1337, 1409, M48. 1469, J 527 
Juvenile, 72, 114, 117, 204, 
232, 354, 376, 396.413, 47i, 
49 1 . 503. 508, 509, 516, 605, 
613, 615, 671, 708, 719, 728 
729, 741, 835, 855, 857, 897, 
922, 931. 976, 1006, ion, 
1082, 1248, 1297,1425, 1432, 
1445, 1450 



Kildare, Earl, 103 
Killigrew, 107, 263 
Knaves, see Thieves 



Lawyers, 4, 5, 25, 30, 63, 73, 

125, I36, 179, 182, 206, 212, 

272, 298, 319, 324, 332, 341, 
377, 380, 386, 398, 531, 582, 
594, 600, 614, 675. 730, 742, 
848, 899, 947, 1052, 1070, 

IIOO, IIO3, II20, II85, 1 187, 
II95, I206, 1213, 1214, 13 I 7, 
1328, I350, I360, I426 



M 



Merchants, 201, 423, 452, 544, 

585, 791, 937 

Men of Title, see Noblemen 

Miller, Joe, 79, 80, 269, 270 

Miscellaneous, 44, 66, 81, 8q, 

210, 215, 223, 225, 274, 278, 

301, 352, 361, 368, 395, 406, 



386 



INDEX 



410, 454, 459, 4^6, 474. 494, 
507, 520, 553, 556, 557- 56o, 
564, 573, 574, 58i, 608, 638, 
682, 722, 770, 862, 9^9. 972, 
997, 1008, 1092, 1097, 1141, 
1144, 1146, 1148, 1149, H59> 
1166, 1174, 1296, 1299, 1306, 
1344, 1412, 1413, 1416, 1422, 
1444, 1446, 1458, 1463, 1464, 
1472, 1493, 1506, 1510, 1522, 
1523, 1532, 1535 

More, Sir Thomas, 150, 1284, 
1285, 1349, 1504 

Musicians, 281, 384, 845, 
1035, 1240, 1400, 1420 



N 



Napoleon, 67, 911, 918, 1102, 
1473, 1482 

Nash, Beau, 757, 758, 1402 

Naval Officers, 12, 18, 163, 
257, 373, 390, 39i, 555, 566, 
586, 649, 665, 683, 808, 822, 
825, 833, 840, 864, 923, 934, 
940, 949, 1129, 1210, 1211, 
1307, 1530 

Negroes, 68, 472, 514, 576, 
583, 647, 740, 787, 826, 913, 
1051, 1064, 1094, 1245, 1388, 
1429, 1534, 1536 

Newton, Sir Isaac, 367, 425, 
801, 903, 1256, 1338 

Noblemen, 3, 82, 86, 87, 88, 
92, 102, 133, 134, 141, 146, 
148, 169, 252, 254, 268, 303, 
405, 440, 444, 445- 485,486, 
604, 626, 629, 654 , 700, 705, 
752, 754, 771, 774, 794, 803, 
827, 842, 856, 867, 879, 882, 
909, 994, 995, 1004, 1038, 
1249. 1253, 1475, 1476, 1483. 
1495, 1507, 1518, 1519, 15^1 



Noblewomen, 115, 237, 409, 
446, 478, 488, 529, 698, 799, 
806, 983, 1068, 1345, 1353, 
1355, 1375, 1498 

O 

Officers, see Army 



Painters, 91, 98, in, 120, 
184, 400, 667, 904, 1020, 
1053, 1081, 1125, 1172, 1301, 
1302, 1352, 1401, 1430, 1442, 

1443, 1525 
Parsons, see Clergymen 
Peter, Blind, 311, 312 
Philosophers, 112, 132,227, 

264, 283, 420, 606, 1042 
Physicians, 73, 111, 198,299, 
300, 312, 318, 370, 38r, 422, 
438, 461, 481, 515, 525,535, 
584, 602, 603, 612, 660, 726, 
747, 755, 763, 861,884, 885, 
916, 920, 959, 960, 961, 965, 
1045, 1079, II 45, 1200, 1257, 
1263, 1271, 1272, 1279, 1300, 
1324, 1340, 1377, 1386, 1396, 
1417, 1419, 1441 
Pindar, Peter (Dr. Wolcott), 

21, 981, 1376 

Pitt, William, 622, 655, 776 
Poets, 61, 134, 248, 347, 402, 
470, 640, 809, 866, 869, 892, 
930, 1063, 1116, 1131, 1 153, 
i24r, 1329, 1459, 1460, 1461, 
1462, 1474, 1481, 1514 
Porson, 1 109, 1258 1262 
Preachers, see Clergymen 
Priests, 9, 91, 105, 149, 259, 
316, 456, 575, 597, 756, 778, 
792, 1152, 1193, 1228, 1236, 

1244, 1289, 1291, 1372, 1373, 
1489 



INDKX 



33? 



Publishers, 1077 
Pupils, see Scholars 
Purcell, Daniel, 309 

Q 

Quakers, 1, 139, 296, 515, 
519, 547, 685, 745, 800, 860, 
1028, 1069, 1072 

R 

Rabelais, 990 

Raleigh, Sir Walter, 1132, 

i37i 

Roache, Sir Boyle, 8, 175, 
180. 549 

Rocca, 56 

Romans, 131, 153, 216, 746 

Royalty, 72, 85, 92, 97, 103, 
107, 140, 141, 142, 181, 214, 
222, 230, 231, 254, 263, 283, 
285, 354, 411. 412, 414, 416, 
437, 450, 468, 496, 500, 517, 
565, 563, 572, 580, 591, 641, 
644, 652, 661, 664, 669, 6q9, 
702, 706, 738, 769, 773. 777, 
784, 793. 796, 798, 802, 807, 
812, 813, 816, 819, 820, 828, 
836, 844, 852, 864, 875, 878, 
880, 890, 901, 902, 907, 921, 
925, 932, 946, 955, 984,985, 
996, 102 1, 1031, 1047, io 73> 
1075, 1076, 1083, 1124, 1134, 
1 154, 1164, 117©, 1176, 1180, 
1182, 1183, 1204, 1218, 1219, 
1229, 1233, 1251, 1274, 1277, 
1280, 1286, 1298, 1316, 1366, 
1391, I4H, 1421, 1439, 1440, 
1468, 1471, 1512, 1517, 1528, 
I54L 1545 



Sailors, 13, 19, 33, 37, 6g, 
261, 305, 3io, 328, 337, 345, 



362, 364, 417, 473, 480/504, 
546, 554, 569, 646, 656, 663, 
672, 739- 75i, 764, 823, 831, 
843. 859, 888, 935, 971, 975, 
979, 980, 1046, 1078, 1084, 
1268, 1273, 1315, 1354, 1505, 

1511, 1537 

Schoolmasters, see Teach- 
ers 

Scholars, 138, 151, 177, 240, 
265, 279, 709, 710, 1 106, 
1110, 1117, 1118, 1261, 1264, 
1326, 1395 

Scot, John, 147 

Scotchmen, 70, 100, 130, 147, 
161, 249, 342, 421, 484, 511, 
650, 713, 762, 785, 824, 838, 
929, 973, 1032, 1088, 1158, 
1177, 1370 

Selwyn, George, 694, 695, 
1027, 1221 

Servants, 28, 36, 60, 126, 172, 
174, 192, 271, 331, 375, 485, 

657, 679, 7ii, 735, 854, 898, 
952. 1276, 1387 

Sharper, see Thieves 
Sheridan, Dr. , 45, 379, 558, 
616, 624, 686, 687, 688, 689, 
690, 691, 692, 1313, 1494 
Sheridan, Mr., 189, 190 
Shuter, Ned, 1246, 1281 
Sidney, Algernon, 83 
Soldiers, 35, 135, 152, 159, 
165, 173, !88, 256, 276, 308, 
^48, 475, 1062, 1080, 1 123, 
1203, 1231, 1305, 1399, MiS, 
1509, 1531 
Spaniards, 235, 817, 1179, 

1466 
Spartans, 418, 424, 1130 
Spendthrifts, 223 
Statesmen, 3, 98, 252, 372, 
392, 3Q3, 522, 601, 617, 639, 

658, 782, 797, 800, 942, 987, 
1037, 1319, 1436, 1516 



838 



INDEX 



Steele, Sir Richard, 2, 162 
Sterne, Laurence, 351, 684 
Supple, Mark, 322, 323, 327, 

35o 
Surgeons, see Physicians 
Sutton, Sir Robert, 143 
Swift, Dean, 15, 16, 185, 433, 
492, 518, 523, 550, 632, 633, 
634, 635, 829, 895, 1013, 
1024, 1122, 1227, 1323, 1365, 
1427 



Talbot, Lord Chancellor, 
246, 247 

Taylor, Dr. John, 959 

Taxes, 850 

Teachers. 160, 199, 242, 265, 
364, 3 6 5, 37i, 59 6 . ^78, 818, 
1016, 1056, 1071. 1114, 1119, 
1121, 1260, 1331, 1332, 1336, 

I35L 1397, 1513 
Thieves, 96, 108, 109, 127, 

273, 561, 642, 653, 767, 945, 

956, 1367 
Thomas, Isaiah, 508 
Tradesmen, 255, 452, 464, 

483, 1005, 1341, 1435 
Turks, 1247 



W 

Walpole, Sir Robert, 246, 

853, 1207 
Welshmen, 94, 106, 213, 

532, 559. 567, 744, 917, 

1136 
Wilson, Charles, 326, 327 
Wits, 75, 127, 143, 229, 266, 

267, 302, 383, 397, 404, 441, 

448, 459. 520, 609, 670, 673, 

676, 737, 743, 915, 99 2 . 1012 , 
1104, 1165, 1239, I2 95 

Women, 128, 144, 168, 225, 
226, 278, 279, 304, 324, 338, 
359, 388, 389,399, 436, 443^ 
502, 521, 563, 588, 607,620, 

677, 73i, 786, 795, 810, 832, 
849, 858, 914, 926, 939, 944, 
950, 974, 1003, 1017, 1056, 

IOQI, IO95, II63, II7I, I I 8l , 
U84, 1265, 1288, 1353, I363, 
1379, 1398,1403, 1437- M47, 
I496 

Women of Title, see Noble- 
women 

Writers, 146. 187, 189, 190, 
302, 540, 552, 623, 693,714, 
720, 761, 839, 846, 1029, 
1067, 1101, 1127, 1128, 1275, 
1415, 1423, 1434, 1439 



V Y 

Voltaire (M. de Arouet), Yokels, see Countrymen 
1 160, 1364 " Young People, see Juvenile 



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